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Prevalence and histopathology of shell disease in turtles from Lake Blackshear, Georgia

Journal of Wildlife Diseases

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Abstract

Turtles in Lake Blackshear, Crisp County, Georgia (USA) were evaluated for shell disease during intensive trapping efforts on 8 and 9 May 1990. The disease was most prevalent in Pseudemys concinna (74%) and Trachemys scripta (35%). The degree of necrosis on the carapace was significantly positively correlated with the degree of necrosis on the plastron in T. scripta (rs = 0.50), but not in P. concinna (rs=0.06). Female T. scripta with lesions were significantly larger than females without lesions. Lesions were not detected on six other species of turtles. Some areas contained multicarinate osteoclasts that were destroying bone. No tumors were detected in soft tissue samples.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Prevalence and histopathology of shell disease in turtles from Lake Blackshear, Georgia
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Volume
32
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
259-265
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
259
Last page:
265
Number of Pages:
7