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Revista Brasileira de Zoologia

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SOUSA, Bernadete Maria de; CRUZ, Carlos Alberto Gonçalves da; CARVALHO, Rose Marie Hoffmann de  and  SILVA, Maria Nei da. Description of the shedding skin process in Enyalius perditus Jackson (Reptilia, Sauria, Polychrotidae). Rev. Bras. Zool. [online]. 2000, vol.17, n.1, pp.225-228. ISSN 0101-8175.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-81752000000100019.

A specimen of Enyalius perditus Jackson, 1978 collected in a pitfall trap installed at the Parque Estadual do Ibitipoca, Municipality of Lima Duarte, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on 19 March 1997, showed a transversal rupture of the skin, on dorsum of posterior region of the head, just joining the ear openings. In captivity, the continuance of the shedding scain spent approxima-tely one hour and forty minutes. The pieces of skin were removed in the sequence: head, venter, arms and flanks, legs, tail, and finally the tip of the fingers. The removed skin was eaten at the end of each stage.

Keywords : Reptilia; Sauria; Enyalius perditus; shedding skin.

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