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Clinical and pathological observations on natural infections of cryptosporidiosis and flagellate protozoa in leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius)
  1. M. A. Taylor, BVMS,PhD,MRCVS, CBiol, MIBiol1,
  2. M. R. Geach, BVSc,MRCVS, CBiol, MIBiol3 and
  3. W. A. Cooley2
  1. 1 Parasitology and Ecotoxicology Unit
  2. 2 EM Unit, Veterinary Laboratories Agency, Weybridge, New Haw, Addlestone, Surrey KT15 3NB
  3. 3 International Zoo Veterinary Group, Keighley Business Centre, South Street, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD21 1AG

Abstract

A group of adult leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) which had been losing weight for several months were found to be infected with Cryptosporidium species. Histological and electron microscopical investigations on the intestines of five of the lizards revealed the presence of large numbers of the developmental stages of Cryptosporidium species attached to the mucosal surface of the lower intestine, and large numbers of flagellate protozoa, suspected to be predominantly Trichomonas species, in the gut lumen. The clinical signs were attributed to the presence of one or both types of parasites.

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