Clinical Hematology of the Nose-Horned Viper, Vipera ammodytes (Linnaeus 1758)

Authors

  • Bengi Baycan Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, School of Graduate Studies, Department of Biology, Çanakkale, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2758-6166
  • Begüm Boran Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, School of Graduate Studies, Department of Biology, Çanakkale, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3069-7780
  • Çiğdem Gül Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Science, Deparment of Biology, Çanakkale, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4736-2677
  • Murat Tosunoğlu Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Deparment of Biology, Çanakkale, Turkey https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9764-2477

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v29i1.16650

Keywords:

Vipera ammodytes, Viperidae, blood cells, clinical hematology, genotoxicology

Abstract

The establishment of hematological profiles of animals taken from their natural environment or kept in captivity has great importance in determining the health status and biology of these species. Pollution in the habitat of reptiles and the impact of various diseases can be determined by analyzing blood parameters. In this study, the clinical hematology (erythrocyte and leukocyte count, erythrocyte types, differential blood formula, hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration) of three Nose-horned Vipers (Vipera ammodytes) captured from Vize (Kırklareli, Türkiye) were examined. We detected the frequency of nuclear abnormalities in this species for the first time. We also provide the first erythrometric measurements of Vipera ammodytes, and found that the erythrocyte sizes of this species were larger compared to other species in Viperidae. Knowledge of the general health status of animals is important in species conservation action plans and monitoring studies.

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Published

2022-12-19

How to Cite

Baycan, B., Boran, B., Gül, Çiğdem, & Tosunoğlu, M. (2022). Clinical Hematology of the Nose-Horned Viper, Vipera ammodytes (Linnaeus 1758). Reptiles & Amphibians, 29(1), 461–469. https://doi.org/10.17161/randa.v29i1.16650