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Diagnosis: Cricket Predation

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Figure 1: A bite wound on a red-tail boa constrictor (Boa constrictor imperator) inflicted by a live mouse left in the cage overnight.


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Mayer, J. Diagnosis: Cricket Predation. Lab Anim 33, 18–19 (2004).

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