Parásitos helmintos en Boa constrictor, Epicrates cenchria y Corallus caninus (Ophidia: Boidae) criadas en cautiverio

Nofre Sanchez Perea, V. Manuel Tantaleán, G. Ryan Richards, Hugo Alejandro Galvez Carrillo

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Abstract

Fecal samples for the identification of helminthes were collected from three species of snakes (Boa contrictor “boa” or “mantona”, Epicrates cenchria “mantona roja” or “arco iris”, Corallus caninus “boa verde” or “boa esmeralda”) reared in captivity. The identified parasites, either through eggs or larva were: Kalicephalus sp., Ophiotaenia sp., Rhabdias sp., Ophidascaris sp., and Hymenolepis diminuta. The results indicated that 79% of adult female Boa constrictor and 46% of their offspring, 71% of E. cenchria and 70% of C. caninus were positive, either to single or multiple infections. These data showed that boas reared in captivity were highly parasitized with intestinal and pulmonary helminthes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)166-169
Number of pages4
JournalRevista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru
Volume15
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Las muestras fueron colectadas de jaulas individuales, formolizadas y procesadas en el Laboratorio de la Estación Experimental del Centro de Investigaciones IVITA-Iquitos, de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos y en el Laboratorio de Parasitología de la Facultad de Ciencias y Filosofía de la Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Las muestras se procesaron mediante los métodos directo y de sedimentación descritos por García (1983). La lectura se hizo en un microscopio de luz a 100 y 400x. La identificación de los huevos y larvas se hizo por comparación con muestras patrones.

Keywords

  • Amazonia
  • Boa
  • Helminthes
  • Parasite
  • Snake

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