Chapter 46. Terrestrial Reptiles: Lizards, Snakes and Tortoises

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. John E. Cooper

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch46

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Cooper, J. E. (2010) Terrestrial Reptiles: Lizards, Snakes and Tortoises, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch46

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ES, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • terrestrial reptiles - lizards, snakes and tortoises;
  • four orders - approximately 7000 extant species of reptiles (class Reptilia);
  • reptile species - outer layer of skin, epidermis being thickened;
  • head of a monitor lizard (Varanus sp.) - exhibiting detailed scalation;
  • ectothermy and behavioural thermoregulation;
  • reptiles, ectothermic animals - unable to control body temperature;
  • reptile species - all chelonians and crocodilians, most lizards and snakes) - lay eggs;
  • reptiles, adept at escaping from cages and enclosures;
  • competent handling and restraint - important for reptiles;
  • immune responses of reptiles - both humoral (production of antibodies) and cellular, being temperature-dependent

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Biological overview

  • Laboratory management

  • Reproduction

  • Healthand diseases

  • Methods of treatment

  • Telemetry

  • Surgical procedures

  • Healthand physiological monitoring

  • Risk assessment

  • Other legal considerations

  • Anaesthesia and analgesia

  • Euthanasia

  • Zoonoses and other health hazards

  • Acknowledgements

  • Other sources of information

  • References