Skin and skeletal system lesions of european pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) from natural habitats

Sanja Aleksić-Kovačević, József Özvegy, Nikola Krstić, M. Rusvai, Csaba Jakab, Zoran Stanimirović, Zsolt Becskei

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Water pollution is known to play an important role in the pathogenesis of plastron, carapace and skin diseases of turtles. In this study, a total of 150 European pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) of different age and both sexes, originating from natural habitats in Serbia, were examined for morphological changes of the skin, plastron, carapace and skeletal system. The turtles were taken out from their natural habitats in Lake Ludas, Lake Palic and Lake Tresetiste. After artificial hibernation, they were subjected to detailed examination, sampled and treated, and finally returned into their natural habitat. Biopsies from the skin and shell were subjected to histopathological examination and microbiological analysis. X-ray scanning was also performed to detect changes in the skeletal system. Macroscopic changes of the skin, most frequently degenerative, inflammatory or neoplastic diseases, were diagnosed in 49.33% of the turtles examined. Dermatitis of different origin and form was the most prominent histopathological finding (28.00%). In the plastron, inflammatory and degenerative processes were frequently found. Osteopathy and mechanical injuries were the dominant findings. Macroscopic changes of the plastron, carapace and skeletal system were diagnosed in 67.33% of the turtles examined. Using X-ray scanning, generalised osteopathy, anomalies and malformations of different aetiology were also diagnosed on the tail and legs. Microbiological examinations showed the presence of a variety of bacterial and fungal agents, either primary pathogens or potential polluters, which invaded the skin and shell, or were present in cloacal swab samples. Bacterial infection was diagnosed in 76.66% of the turtles, first of all in those with skin and shell necrosis. Mycoses were diagnosed in 33.33% of the animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-193
Number of pages14
JournalActa Veterinaria Hungarica
Volume62
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2014

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turtles
Animal Shells
Ecosystem
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Lakes
habitats
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X-radiation
X-Rays
Serbia
Water Pollution
Hibernation
Mycoses
mycoses
mechanical damage
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Keywords

  • Emys orbicularis
  • pond turtle
  • skin and skeletal system
  • water pollution

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  • veterinary(all)

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Aleksić-Kovačević, S., Özvegy, J., Krstić, N., Rusvai, M., Jakab, C., Stanimirović, Z., & Becskei, Z. (2014). Skin and skeletal system lesions of european pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) from natural habitats. Acta Veterinaria Hungarica, 62(2), 180-193. https://doi.org/10.1556/AVet.2013.060

Skin and skeletal system lesions of european pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) from natural habitats. / Aleksić-Kovačević, Sanja; Özvegy, József; Krstić, Nikola; Rusvai, M.; Jakab, Csaba; Stanimirović, Zoran; Becskei, Zsolt.

In: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica, Vol. 62, No. 2, 01.06.2014, p. 180-193.

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Aleksić-Kovačević, S, Özvegy, J, Krstić, N, Rusvai, M, Jakab, C, Stanimirović, Z & Becskei, Z 2014, 'Skin and skeletal system lesions of european pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) from natural habitats', Acta Veterinaria Hungarica, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 180-193. https://doi.org/10.1556/AVet.2013.060
Aleksić-Kovačević, Sanja ; Özvegy, József ; Krstić, Nikola ; Rusvai, M. ; Jakab, Csaba ; Stanimirović, Zoran ; Becskei, Zsolt. / Skin and skeletal system lesions of european pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) from natural habitats. In: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica. 2014 ; Vol. 62, No. 2. pp. 180-193.
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