Studies on the Skeleton of an Indian Rock Python (Python molurus molurus)


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Authors

  • Subrata Kumar Shil
  • A. S. M. Lutful Ahasan
  • Mohammad Lutfur Rahman
  • A. S. M. Golam Kibria
  • Mohi Uddin
  • Md. Abul Quasem

Keywords:

Gross study, Indian rock python, Skeleton

Abstract

A dead female Indian rock python (Python molurus molurus) with a length of 406 cm was brought for post mortem examination to the university hospital. The carcass was buried immediately after post mortem and later on processed for preparing the bones for study. The skeleton revealed a total of 280 vertebrae with a corresponding 264 pairs of ribs. The first 2 cervical and last 14 caudal vertebrae had no ribs. The mandible was a paired bone as there was complete absence of mandibular symphysis. The outer and inner parts of each mandible had 18 backwardly directed and 5 pointed teeth. The ring shaped atlas was delicate. Ball and socket
like articulations between corresponding bodies of adjacent vertebrae were seen. The sternum was absent.

Author Biographies

  • Subrata Kumar Shil
    Lecturer; Department of Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Chittagong Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Chittagong-4202 (Bangladesh)

  • A. S. M. Lutful Ahasan
    Assoc. Prof.; Department of Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Chittagong Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Chittagong-4202 (Bangladesh)

  • Mohammad Lutfur Rahman
    Prof. Department of Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Chittagong Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Chittagong-4202 (Bangladesh)

  • A. S. M. Golam Kibria
    Asstt. Prof. Department of Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Chittagong Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Chittagong-4202 (Bangladesh)

  • Mohi Uddin
    Asstt. Prof. Department of Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Chittagong Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Chittagong-4202 (Bangladesh)

  • Md. Abul Quasem
    Prof. Department of Anatomy and Histology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Chittagong Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Chittagong-4202 (Bangladesh)

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Studies on the Skeleton of an Indian Rock Python (Python molurus molurus). (2013). Indian Journal of Veterinary Anatomy, 25(1). https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/IJVA/article/view/30743