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Assessment of growth / body condition scoring

Jreptile

Introduction

  • Body condition scores (BCS) provide a subjective semi-quantitative method of evaluating body fat and lean body tissue.
  • The BCS increases as energy and fat reserves increase, and decreases if energy reserves are depleted, for example in response to illness or reduced food intake.

The scores

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Use of the systems

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Common causes for low scores

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Common causes for high scores

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Gimmel A, Öfner S & Liesegang A (2021) Body condition scoring (BCS) in corn snakes (Pantherophis guttatus) and comparison to pre-existing body condition index (BCI) for snakes. J Anim Physiol Anim Nutr 105 (Suppl 2), 24-28 PubMed
  • Santos M R D, Martins A S, Baptistotte C & Work T M (2015) Health condition of juvenile Chelonia mydas related to fibropapillomatosis in southeast Brazil. Dis Aquat Organ 115 (3), 193-201 PubMed.
  • Lamberski N (2013) Body condition scores for desert tortoises. Website: www.avtcp.org (pdf download).
  • Mazzotti F J, Cherkiss M S, Brandt L A et al (2012) Body condition of Morelet's crocodiles (Crocodylus moreletii) from Northern Belize. J Herpetol 46 (3), 356-362 JSTOR.
  • Thomson J A, Burkholder D, Heithaus M R & Dill L M (2009) Validation of a rapid visual-assessment technique for categorizing the body condition of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) in the field. Copeia 2, 251-255 JSTOR.
  • Deming C, Greiner E & Uhl E W (2008) Prevalence of cryptosporidium infection and characteristics of oocyst shedding in a breeding colony of leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius). J Zoo Wildlife Med 39 (4), 600-607 PubMed
  • Cannon M J (2003) Husbandry and veterinary aspects of the bearded dragon (Pogona spp) in Australia. Semin Avian Exot Pet Med 12 (4), 205-214 SciDirect.
  • Jackson O F (1980) Weight and measurement data on tortoises (Testudo graeca and Testudo hermanni) and their relationship to health. J Small Anim Pract 21 (7), 409-416 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Raftery A (2019) Clinical Examination. In: BSAVA Manual of Reptiles. Eds: Girling S J & Raiti P. BSAVA, UK. pp 89-100.  

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