PATHOLOGY OF DISEASES IN WILD DESERT TORTOISES FROM CALIFORNIA

@inproceedings{Homer1998PATHOLOGYOD,
  title={PATHOLOGY OF DISEASES IN WILD DESERT TORTOISES FROM CALIFORNIA},
  author={Bruce L. Homer and Kristin H. Berry and Mary B. Brown and Georgeann Ellis and Elliott R. Jacobson},
  booktitle={Journal of wildlife diseases},
  year={1998}
}
Twenty-four ill or dead desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) were received between March 1992 and July 1995 for necropsies from the Mojave and Colorado deserts of California (USA). Diseases observed in these animals included cutaneous dyskeratosis (n = 7); shell necrosis (n = 2); respiratory diseases (n = 7); urolithiasis (n = 3); and trauma (n = 5). In tortoises with cutaneous dyskeratosis the horn layer of shell was disrupted by multiple crevices and fissures and, in the most severe lesions… 
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