Chapter 47. Aquatic Reptiles

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Simon Tonge

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch47

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

Tonge, S. (2010) Aquatic Reptiles, 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.ch47

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU, 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:

  • aquatic reptiles, representatives from all major orders of reptiles;
  • 22 extant species of crocodilians - crocodiles, alligators and caimans in tropical and subtropical regions;
  • social behaviour in terrapins, being poorly understood - solitary snappers to highly social sliders;
  • crocodilians and terrapins - requiring background temperature in regions of 22–27°C;
  • water area - with pipes, slates on bricks and half flower pots for hiding;
  • caution advocated in handling terrapins;
  • general veterinary medicine for reptiles;
  • common reproductive complication - egg retention (dystocia);
  • reproductive problems - inability in finding or identifying suitable nesting site

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Sources of supply (conservation status)

  • Uses in the laboratory

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • References