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|All Authors / Contributors:||John M Legler; Lisa J Sullivan|
|Notes:||Fig. 1.-Stomach-flushing a Sceloporus graciosus in the field. (a) Insertion of mouth cuff. (b) Appearance of food bolus from stomach (the cuff has been displaced from the mouth and hangs on the catheter). (c) Removing a large food mass from buccal cavity with forceps. (d) Basic equipment for flushing stomachs of lizards and anurans. Large syringe at top is equipped for automatic pipetting; smaller syringe in middle shows spring for automatic refilling; various sizes of mouth cuffs and intravenous catheters are shown at the bottom.|
The technique of stomach-flushing, originally developed for use with turtles, has been adapted for use on unanesthetized lizards and anurans. Mortality is less than 1% once the procedure is established. The technique was used on 393 lizards of 16 species and 27 anurans of 5 species.