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Necropsy technique in reptiles: review.

Abstract

Reptiles are increasingly being used as pets worldwide. The most encountered species are turtles, snakes or lizards, and their popularity leads to the need for specialization of clinicians and pathologists alike in order to solve the exotic animal cases. Necropsy examination is a vital tool in establishing the post-mortem diagnosis. In order to obtain a higher quantity and quality of information following a necropsy examination, it is necessary to know the technique, as well as to implement a well-developed protocol. Reptiles, wild or pets, are exotic species that, by their anatomical particularities, require a different necropsy protocol than mammals. This paper aims to present various techniques for necropsy and gross examination of organs in reptiles.