Studies on the blood of Australian elapid snakes-I. Morphology and composition

P. G. Board*, J. Roberts, R. Shine

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1. 1. Blood was collected from four species of Australian Elapid snakes, Pseudonaja nuchalis, Pseudechis porphyriacus, Notechis scutatus and Austrelaps superbus

2. 2. Erythrocyte indices, plasma and erythrocyte electrolyte concentrations, and plasma amino acid and protein concentrations were determined. 

3. 3. There was considerable variation both within and between species. 

4. 4. Despite the geographic isolation of the Australian Elapid snakes, their blood composition and erythrocyte morphology are very similar to those of previously studied snake species from other families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-356
Number of pages4
JournalComparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part B: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes


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