The Use of Chestnut (Terminalia catappa) Leaves as Phytotherapic Treatment of Fungi and Bacteria in Iaçá (Podocnemis sextuberculata) and Irapuca (Podocnemis erytrocephala) in Captivity – Jennifer Caroline Brito


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  1. David Drajeske on September 3, 2020 at 10:47 am

    I have been keeping and breeding P. erythrocephala for many years, and have had experience with a variety of shell problems. I would like to see higher resolution photos of the specimens you are treating. It appears that downloads of the poster are disabled.

    I have seen two main types of lesions. 1) thin layers of scute delaminate, giving a lighter appearance near scute margins. I see this mostly on the carapace. 2) softening of scutes on the plastron. Changes to water quality and chemistry have been insufficient to reverse these conditions once they start, but are useful in preventing a problem. The carapace delamination responds to topical gentian violet. The gentian violet stains devitalized tissue and seems to inhibit microbial growth. The soft scutes on the plastron respond to topical terbinifine. I’m interesting in hearing new findings as you continue with your phytotherapeutic testing.

  2. Jennifer Brito on September 3, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    I can email the images. This is my email:

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