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