Partial hematology, biochemistry, and protein electrophoresis reference intervals for captive spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata)

Nicholas A. Buscaglia, Danielle N. Inman, Sue Chen, Kristopher Arheart, Carolyn Cray

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Abstract

Spotted turtles (Clemmys guttata) are an endangered species and are commonly encountered in the pet trade and in many zoological collections across the United States, yet peer-reviewed published reference intervals (RI) for common clinicopathologic tests are unavailable for this species. The objectives of this study were to calculate partial RI for routine hematology, biochemistry, and electrophoretic analyses, as well as to perform an initial comparison of capillary zone electrophoresis (CZE) and agarose gel electrophoresis (AGE) in this species. A single blood sample was obtained from a single collection of 32 apparently healthy captive spotted turtles weighing at least 100 g and was submitted for standard hematologic and biochemistry analyses, as well as electrophoresis via CZE and AGE methods. Partial RI were calculated for corresponding analytes for each type of testing. While CZE and AGE protein fractions were found to have good correlation, some significant differences were observed, reinforcing that RI should be reported with the specific method used for their determination. The spotted turtle electrophoretograms were distinctly different from those previously reported from turtles in the same taxonomic family, including differences in the number and relative prominence of protein fractions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)704-709
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • veterinary(all)

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