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Schildkröten im Fokus, Bergheim 7 (2) 2010: 25–34

Speckkäferlarvenbefall bei Geoemyda spengleri in der Winterstarre

Infestation with larder beetle larvae in hibernating Geoemyda spengleri.

Hans-Jürgen Bidmon, Düsseldorf und Philipp Krug, Kelkheim


Abstract

We describe an infestation with larvae of the larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius, in hibernating black-breasted leave turtles Geoemyda spengleri which resulted in topical lesions of the soft parts of the turtle skin. In one case, this resulted in a deeply penetrating subcutaneous wound of the proximal hind limb from the knee along the femur, including severe loss of muscle tissue. The main focus of this article addresses initial and continued treatment of this deep lesion over a period of 9 months. In the beginning this wound was cleaned form pus treated with Flammazine ointment (Silver Sulfadiazine) before being sutured and sealed by a skin adhesive to reduce re-infection caused by the normal activity of the turtle. Cleaning and suturing of the skin had to be repeated on a regular basis during the first months until the lesion had closed completely. In addition, we refer to an adequate quarantine on the basis of heat sterilized Sphagnum moss and the associated behaviour of the turtle. Furthermore we refer to an observation with an adult female Geoemyda spengleri which had been treated for topical skin lesions and which produced two clutches of fertile eggs in 2009 after the last mating had occurred in March 2008, indicating that this species is capable of storing sperm or possibly fertilized oocytes. This latter observation calls for a more detailed investigation of the mechanisms of sperm storing in turtles and tortoises as discussed briefly.

Key words

Reptilia: Testudines, Geoemydidae, Geoemyda spengleri, Insecta: Coleoptera, Dermestidae, Dermestes lardarius, pests, lesions, treatment, Silver Sulfadiazine, sperm or fertilized oocytes storing.

Authors

Hans-Jürgen Bidmon
E-Mail: hjb@hirn.uni-duesseldorf.de

Dr. Philipp Krug
Siemensstr. 17
65799 Kelkheim
E-Mail: pk@tierarzt-krug.de

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