Topography and echobiometric parameters of the heart in Boa constrictor constrictor

  • Frederico Ozanan Barros Monteiro Federal Rural University of Amazon
  • Gustavo Lobato Mota Federal Rural University of Amazon
  • Juliana Nascimento Duarte Rodrigues Federal University of Viçosa
  • Rafael dos Santos Andrade Federal Rural University of Amazon
  • Thyago Habner de Souza Pereira Federal Rural University of Amazon
  • Ednaldo da Silva Filho Federal Rural University of Amazon
  • Sheila Canevese Rahal School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
  • Alessandra Melchert School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
  • Marcus Antonio Rossi Feliciano School of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

Resumo

With the advance of ultrasonic technology, new echocardiographic techniques have been developed and commonly used in veterinary medicine because it allows noninvasive, accurate, and reproducible evaluation. The aim of this study was evaluating the topography and echobiometric parameters of the heart in red-tailed boas raised in captivity. Biometric data were evaluated from the body and heart in 21 Boa constrictor constrictor (17 females and 4 males) using B-mode ultrasonography. The heart was in the first third of the total body length. The mean value of the snout–heart length corresponded to 29.15 ± 2.01% (mean ± standard deviation) of the body length. The statistical analysis showed a significant linear increase between body length/mass and biometric data (P < 0.01). The heart exhibited a topographical location compatible with arboreal/terrestrial habits.

Publicado
10-01-2019
Seção
Short Communications / Comunicações curtas