Phillip C Arena

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The gastrointestinal tract of the King's skink (Egernia kingii) was examined for the presence of fifteen regulatory peptides, two proteinases and an amine by immunohistochemical methods. Immunoreactivity was detected for somatostatin, gastrin, motilin, bovine pancreatic polypeptide, pepsinogen and serotonin, but not for avian pancreatic polypeptide, gastric(More)
Exposure to sea turtles may be increasing with expanding tourism, although reports of problems arising from interaction with free-living animals appear of negligible human health and safety concern. Exposure both to wild-caught and captive-housed sea turtles, including consumption of turtle products, raises several health concerns for the public, including:(More)
OBJECTIVES To conduct on-site assessments of public health implications at key European pet markets. DESIGN Observational study of visitor behaviour at stalls that displayed and sold animals, mainly amphibians and reptiles, to assess potential contamination risk from zoonotic pathogens. We noted initial modes of contact as 'direct' (handling animals) as(More)
The use of ketamine hydrochloride and sodium pentobarbitone in the anaesthesia of two species of Australian skink was examined. The effects of ketamine at ambient temperatures of 15 degrees C and 30 degrees C were studied. Ketamine produced consistent responses up to and including anaesthesia at dose rates of 170 to 230 mg/kg at 30 degrees C. The effect of(More)
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