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Gastric impaction in a milk snake, Lampropeltis triangulum, caused by Kalicephalus sp.
Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery (2005)
  • E Klaphake, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • Cheryl A. Cross, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Sharon Patton, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • J Head, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract

An adult male milk snake, Lampropeltis triangulum, presented with a history of anorexia of two months and regurgitation of a partially digested mouse that was ingested three months previously. Radiographs and ultrasound demonstrated several fluid-filled coelomic masses and suggested gastrointestinal impaction. The snake died during hospitalization. Gross necropsy findings revealed esophageal nematodes and gastric impaction due to a 10 cm * 2 cm * 2 cm firm solid white inspissated mass. Histopathologic findings included severe, diffuse chronic gastritis with ulceration, Kalicephalus sp. eggs within the mass, and chronic granulomatous coelomitis secondary to intralesional eggs.

Publication Date
2005
Citation Information
E Klaphake, Cheryl A. Cross, Sharon Patton and J Head. "Gastric impaction in a milk snake, Lampropeltis triangulum, caused by Kalicephalus sp." Journal of Herpetological Medicine and Surgery Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2005)
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