Blood volume measurements in gopher snakes, using autologous 51Cr-labeled red blood cells

Am J Vet Res. 1978 Feb;39(2):355-6.


Blood volume determinations were performed in 5 anesthetized gopher snakes (Pituophis melanoleucus catenifer) by means of a 51Cr-labeled red blood cell (RBC) method. The mean blood volume was 52.8 ml/kg of body weight (+/- 6.21 SE). Previous blood volume measurements have not been reported for this species. The RBC survival rate was estimated to be greater than 660 days. The RBC survival rate is long, but it cannot be determined accurately by this method.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Volume*
  • Erythrocyte Aging
  • Erythrocytes*
  • Female
  • Male
  • Snakes / physiology*