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Coprophagy in animals: a review






Cornell Veterinarian 81(4): 357-364

Coprophagy in animals: a review

Coprophagy is performed by rodents and lagomorphs and to a lesser degree by piglets, foals, dogs and nonhuman primates. Due to the construction of the digestive system of rodents and rabbits, coprophagy is necessary to supply many essential nutrients. Bacterial synthesis of nutrients occurs in the lower gastrointestinal tract in these animals where little absorption takes place.


Accession: 002060584

PMID: 1954740



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