Peripheral blood samples collected from reptile s and amphibians contain variable amounts of lymph which dilutes the cellular components of the blood, affecting hematological values. It is not known what effect dilution by lymph has on plasma biochemical values. Selected plasma biochemical tests were performed on pure blood and blood-lymph mixtures from 36 red-eared sliders, Trachemys scripta elegans, and compared. Blood-lymph mixtures had significantly lower levels of total protein and potassium but values for glucose, urea, calcium, phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase, creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase, aspartate aminotransferase, and sodium were comparable. Chloride values in blood-lymph samples were lower than in pure plasma, but not significantly different.

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