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1 June 2017 NEOPLASIA IN SNAKES AT ZOO ATLANTA DURING 1992–2012
Annie Page-Karjian, Megan Hahne, Kate Leach, Hayley Murphy, Brad Lock, Samuel Rivera
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A retrospective study was conducted to review neoplasia of captive snakes in the Zoo Atlanta collection from 1992 to 2012. Of 255 snakes that underwent necropsy and histopathologic examination at Zoo Atlanta during the study period, 37 were observed with neoplasia at necropsy. In those 37 snakes, 42 neoplastic lesions of 18 primary cell types were diagnosed. Thirty-five of those neoplasms (83.3%) were malignant, and of those, 19 were of mesenchymal origin, whereas 14 were of epithelial origin. The median annual rate of neoplasia at necropsy was 12.5% (interquartile range = 2.8–19.5%) over the 21-yr study period. The mean estimated age at death for snakes with neoplasia was 13.2 yr (range, 1–24 yr). Investigating the incidence and clinical significance of neoplasia in captive snakes is vital for developing effective preventative and treatment regimes.

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Annie Page-Karjian, Megan Hahne, Kate Leach, Hayley Murphy, Brad Lock, and Samuel Rivera "NEOPLASIA IN SNAKES AT ZOO ATLANTA DURING 1992–2012," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 48(2), 521-524, (1 June 2017). https://doi.org/10.1638/2016-0101R1.1
Received: 18 December 2016; Published: 1 June 2017
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