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

@inproceedings{Goldstein2013ANAEROBICAA,
  title={ANAEROBIC AND AEROBIC BACTERIOLOGY OF THE SALIVA AND GINGIVA FROM 16 CAPTIVE KOMODO DRAGONS (VARANUS KOMODOENSIS): NEW IMPLICATIONS FOR THE “BACTERIA AS VENOM” MODEL},
  author={Ellie J. C. Goldstein and Kerin L. Tyrrell and Diane M. Citron and Cathleen R. Cox and Ian Recchio and Ben Okimoto and Judith Bryja and Bryan Grieg Fry},
  booktitle={Journal of zoo and wildlife medicine : official publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians},
  year={2013}
}
Abstract:  It has been speculated that the oral flora of the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) exerts a lethal effect on its prey; yet, scant information about their specific oral flora bacteriology, especially anaerobes, exists. Consequently, the aerobic and anaerobic oral bacteriology of 16 captive Komodo dragons (10 adults and six neonates), aged 2–17 yr for adults and 7–10 days for neonates, from three U.S. zoos were studied. Saliva and gingival samples were collected by zoo personnel… 

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