Zinc phosphide intoxication of wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo)

Robert H Poppenga, Andre F. Ziegler, Perry L. Habecker, Don L. Singletary, Mark K. Walter, Paul G. Miller

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Zinc phosphide (Zn3P2) is a rodenticide used to control a variety of small mammal species. It is available over-the-counter or as a restricted-use pesticide depending on how it is to be applied. The toxicity of Zn3P2is dependent on the species exposed, whether the animal is able to vomit or not, and whether it is ingested on a full or empty stomach. Non-target species can be exposed through inadvertent or intentional product misapplication. In this article we describe four mortality events in which wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) were believed to have been intoxicated following the ingestion of baits containing Zn3P2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)218-223
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Intoxication
  • Meleagris gallopavo
  • Poisoning
  • Wild turkeys
  • Zinc phosphide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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