Vanin, Stefano, Mazzariol, S., Menandro, M.L., Lafisca, A. and Turchetto, M. (2013) Myiasis by Megaselia scalaris (Diptera: Phoridae) in a Python Affected by Pulmonitis. Journal of Medical Entomology, 50 (1). 209-211(3). ISSN 0022-2585

Myiases are caused by the presence of maggots in vertebrate tissues and organs. Myiases have been studied widely in humans, farm animals, and pets, whereas reports of myiasis in reptiles are scarce. We describe a case of myiasis caused by the Megaselia scalaris (Loew) in an Indian python (Python molurus bivittatus, Kuhl) (Ophida: Boidae). The python, 15 yr old, born and reared in a terrarium in the mainland of Venice (Italy), was affected by diffuse, purulent pneumonia caused by Burkholderia cepacia. The severe infestation of maggots found in the lungs during an autopsy indicated at a myiasis.

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