Acta toxicológica argentina
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DE ROODT, Adolfo R et al. Envenomation of Chelydra serpentina (Reptilia: Testudines) by Tityus trivittatus (Scorpionida: Buthidae). Acta toxicol. argent. [online]. 2011, vol.19, n.2, pp. 55-60. ISSN 1851-3743.
We report the case of a snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) found tetanized, with the limbs in extension, mydriasis and poor response to external stimuli, in whose terrarium was found a Tityus trivittatus scorpion. Based on the clear clinical picture of envenoming, the turtle was treated with a specific scorpion antivenin, returning to a state of muscle relaxation after six hours of treatment and it was found totally normal at 24 hours, without envenoming sequelae. This is the first report on turtle envenomation by scorpion. The scorpion envenomation in reptiles and the treatment with specific antivenom is discussed.
Palabras clave : Turtle; Scorpion; Tityus trivittatus; Toxicity.