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Mateusz Rawski, Bartosz Kierończyk, Robert Mikuła, Jakub Długosz, Damian Józefiak, Andrzej Rutkowski
Effects of selected dietary probiotics on the growth performance and morphology of gastrointestinal tract in young yellow-bellied slider turtles (Trachemys scripta scripta)
Summary.

The slider turtle (Trachemys scripta) is one of the most popular pet reptiles. The high mortality of young turtles shortly after hatching is a main problem in captivity. This may be partly attributed to infections of the gastrointestinal tract. In many cases, turtles are asymptomatic carriers of many pathogenic bacterial strains including Salmonella sp. posing a threat to these animals and their keepers. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of selected probiotics on growth performance, body condition score and the gastrointestinal tract development in turtles. Forty young yellowbellied sliders (Trachemys scripta scripta) were divided into four groups: CON – control without probiotics, A – with and addition of Bacillus subtilis PB6, B – with mix of probiotic strains, C – with Bacillus subtilis C-3102. In the course of the performed experiment, growth performance parameters and morphology of gastrointestinal tract were measured using electronic caliper and laboratory weight. Tested probiotics did not significantly (P > 0.05) affect the growth performance and body condition of turtles, as well as morphometric parameters of their gastrointestinal tract. It indicates that probiotics did not disturb their natural rate of development and may be used as safe feed additive for this group of animals.

Key words: slider turtle, Trachemys scripta, probiotics, growth performance, Jackson’s ratio
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For citation:

MLA Rawski, Mateusz, et al. "Wpływ wybranych preparatów probiotycznych na wyniki odchowu i morfologię układu pokarmowego młodych żółwi żółtobrzuchych (Trachemys scripta scripta)." Nauka Przyr. Technol. 7.3 (2013): #44.
APA Mateusz Rawski, Bartosz Kierończyk, Robert Mikuła, Jakub Długosz, Damian Józefiak, Andrzej Rutkowski (2013). Wpływ wybranych preparatów probiotycznych na wyniki odchowu i morfologię układu pokarmowego młodych żółwi żółtobrzuchych (Trachemys scripta scripta). Nauka Przyr. Technol. 7 (3), #44
ISO 690 RAWSKI, Mateusz, et al. Wpływ wybranych preparatów probiotycznych na wyniki odchowu i morfologię układu pokarmowego młodych żółwi żółtobrzuchych (Trachemys scripta scripta). Nauka Przyr. Technol., 2013, 7.3: #44.
Corresponding address:
Mateusz Rawski
Katedra Żywienia Zwierząt i Gospodarki Paszowej
Uniwersytet Przyrodniczy w Poznaniu
ul. Wołyńska 33
60-637 Poznań
Poland
e-mail: mrawski@jay.up.poznan.pl
Accepted for print: 24.06.2013