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.

Shannon Martinson, DVM, MVSc, DACVP

Dr. Shannon Martinson is an Assistant Professor in Anatomic Pathology in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at the Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Martinson is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology and the author of several publications…