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Examining male Euphrates soft-shelled turtle at Bozova Vocational High School  

Examining male Euphrates soft-shelled turtle at Bozova Vocational High School  

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Male tortoises are occasionally presented with a prolapsed phallus (penis). The penis is retracted except during mating, trauma, or death; it lies in the ventral floor of the cloaca. Male Euphrates soft-shelled turtle constituted the study material. Clinically, necrotic areas in the phallus were observed. After the local anesthesia and analgesia, p...

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... All the localities where R. euphraticus was known from the literature to be present were integrated with those recorded during the present surveys to create an updated distribution map of the species for Turkey (see Meylan, 1987;Iverson, 1992;Stadtlander, 1992;Taşkavak, 1992;Biricik & Tur ga, 2011;Do gu et al., 2015). In cases where the locality was not directly given in GPS format, Google Earth software was used to determine the most accurate location. ...
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... In the treatment, prolapse can be prevented by reducing the edema and fixing using tobacco-pouch or horizontal sutures after cleaning and lubrication. Previous studies have reported the use of cold application (Barten 2006a;Norton 1994;Podhade and Harne 2014;Silva et al. 2013), hypertonic saline (Barten 1996a;Bennett 2005;Boyer 1998) and granulated sugar to decrease edema (Doğu et al., 2015). In the present case, edema was controlled with a cold antiseptic solution (povidone-iodine). ...