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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica DOI: 10.1556/AVet.2013.060 SKIN AND SKELETAL SYSTEM LESIONS OF EUROPEAN POND TURTLES (EMYS ORBICULARIS) FROM NATURAL HABITATS Sanja ALEKSIĆ-KOVAČEVIĆ1, József ÖZVEGY2, Nikola KRSTIĆ3, Miklós RUSVAI4, Csaba JAKAB4, Zoran STANIMIROVIĆ5 and Zsolt BECSKEI6* Department of Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia; 2Belgrade Zoo Garden, Belgrade, Serbia; 3Department of Radiology and Radiotherapy, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia; 4Department of Pathology and Forensic Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Szent István University, Budapest, Hungary; 5Department of Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia; 6 Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, Bulevar Oslobodenja 18, 11000, Belgrade, Serbia (Received 23 October 2012; accepted 2 July 2013) Water pollution is known to play an important role in the pathogenesis of plastron, carapace and skin diseases of turtles. In this study, a total of 150 European pond turtles (Emys orbicularis) of different age and both sexes, originating from natural habitats in Serbia, were examined for morphological changes of the skin, plastron, carapace and skeletal system. The turtles were taken out from their natural habitats in Lake Ludas, Lake Palic and Lake Tresetiste. After artificial hibernation, they were subjected to detailed examination, sampled and treated, and finally returned into their natural habitat. Biopsies from the skin and shell were subjected to histopathological examination and microbiological analysis. X-ray scanning was also performed to detect changes in the skeletal system. Macroscopic changes of the skin, most frequently degenerative, inflammatory or neoplastic diseases, were diagnosed in 49.33% of

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