Journal article

Postmortem examination of Australian sea snakes ( Hydrophiinae): Anatomy and common pathologic conditions.

Amber K Gillett, Richard Ploeg, Mark Flint, Paul C Mills

J Vet Diagn Invest | Published : 2017

Abstract

There is limited published information about disease in wild sea snakes and no standardized guideline for postmortem examination of sea snakes. Identifying causes of morbidity and mortality of marine vertebrate species has been pivotal to understanding disease factors implicated in stranding events and assisting with the formulation of conservation plans. Additionally, postmortem findings can provide valuable information on life history traits and the ecology of these reclusive species. Sick, moribund, or dead sea snakes are intermittently washed ashore along Australian and international beaches and provide an opportunity to examine a subset of the population and identify causes of populatio..

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