A Necropsy Guide to Serpentes

The postmortem exam is a key diagnostic tool in understanding the reasons for a snake’s morbidity and mortality. Necropsies can provide valuable information to provide a risk assessment for other animals in a population or collection and can help provide closure for a grieving owner. This manuscript reviews the snake necropsy in a systemic, thorough manner, describing normal anatomy and proper collection technique from head to tail.

Jessica Comolli , DVM

Dr. Jessica Comolli received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a zoological medicine internship at Iowa State University and is currently a zoological medicine resident at the University of Georgia…