AEROBIC SALIVARY BACTERIA IN WILD AND CAPTIVE KOMODO DRAGONS

@inproceedings{Montgomery2002AEROBICSB,
  title={AEROBIC SALIVARY BACTERIA IN WILD AND CAPTIVE KOMODO DRAGONS},
  author={Joel M Montgomery and Donald S. Gillespie and Putra Sastrawan and Terry M Fredeking and George L. Stewart},
  booktitle={Journal of wildlife diseases},
  year={2002}
}
During the months of November 1996, August 1997, and March 1998, saliva and plasma samples were collected for isolation of aerobic bacteria from 26 wild and 13 captive Komodo dragons (Varanus komodoensis). Twenty-eight Gram-negative and 29 Gram-positive species of bacteria were isolated from the saliva of the 39 Komodo dragons. A greater number of wild than captive dragons were positive for both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. The average number of bacterial species within the saliva… 

ANAEROBIC AND AEROBIC BACTERIOLOGY OF THE SALIVA AND GINGIVA FROM 16 CAPTIVE KOMODO DRAGONS (VARANUS KOMODOENSIS): NEW IMPLICATIONS FOR THE “BACTERIA AS VENOM” MODEL

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