Erythrocyte Count and Size in Some Colubrids (Reptilia: Ophidia) from Turkey

C. Varol Tok, Murat Tosunoğlu, Çiğdem Gül, Burcu Yiğini, Mehmet Türkakın, Gülşah Saruhan, Serhat Kaya

Abstract


In this study, erythrocyte count and size of the Colubrids snake, Hierophis caspius, Coluber collaris, Coluber najadum, Natrix natrix, Natrix tessellata, Malpolon monspessulana, Eirenis modestus living in Turkey were examined. Blood smears stained with Wright’s stain were utilized. The blood cell counts are found to be highest in Coluber collaris. Of the investigated species, the longest erythrocytes belong to Natrix tessellata, the biggest sized erythrocytes were found in Hierophis caspius, while the shortest erythrocytes belong to Malpolon monspessulana and hence the smallest sized erythrocytes were found in Coluber collaris.

Keywords


Ophidia; Colubridae; blood cells counts and sizes; Wright’s stain; blood smears

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