Gopherus agassizii (Agassiz’s desert tortoise). scute dysecdysis/scute sloughing

Herpetological Review
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Desert tortoises with scute injuries due to fire or disease related processes can result in loss of the scute. These animals appear to function normally, and can replace the scute material with a keratinized layer that covers the bone. This paper describes a tortoise with severe scute loss from a wildfire in 2005, and an animal that lost its scute for unknown reasons. Both animals appeared to be healthy in all other aspects, and lived for many years afterward.
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Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Gopherus agassizii (Agassiz’s desert tortoise). scute dysecdysis/scute sloughing
Series title Herpetological Review
Volume 43
Year Published 2012
Language English
Publisher Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Contributing office(s) Western Ecological Research Center
Description 2 p.
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Larger Work Title Herpetological Review
First page 473
Last page 474
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