Hemogram and serum blochemistry of free-ranging and captive loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), from north coast of Bahia, Brazil

  • Thaís Torres Pires Universidade Federal da Bahia, Escola de Medicina Veterinária, Departamento de Patologia e Clínicas, Salvador, BA
  • Gonzalo Rostan Projeto TAMAR-ICMBio, Mata de São João, BA
  • Thereza Cristina Calmon de Bittencourt Universidade Federal da Bahia, Escola de Medicina Veterinária, Departamento de Produção Animal, Salvador, BA
  • José Eugênio Guimarães Universidade Federal da Bahia, Escola de Medicina Veterinária, Departamento de Patologia e Clínicas, Salvador, BA
Keywords: Hemogram, Serum biochemistry, Loggerhead sea turtles

Abstract

The aim of this study was to improve the clinical evaluation in sea turtles by analyzing the hemogram and serum biochemistry in female loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), free-ranging (n=22) nesting in the north coast of Bahia and in the animals captivity (n=5) in the visitor center of the Projeto Tamar-ICMBio, in Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil. The values obtained were compared between the two groups and it was observed that there was statistically significant difference (p<0,05) for the relative and absolute eosinophil count, relative monocyte count, total serum protein, globulin, glucose, cholesterol and aspartate aminotransferase. The results variation is probably related to the differences in environmental, nutritional and reproductive conditions.

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Published
2009-02-01
How to Cite
Pires, T., Rostan, G., Bittencourt, T., & Guimarães, J. (2009). Hemogram and serum blochemistry of free-ranging and captive loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta), from north coast of Bahia, Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 46(1), 11-18. https://doi.org/10.11606/issn.1678-4456.bjvras.2009.26744
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