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Chelonia behavior problems

Jreptile

Introduction

  • Most of the behavioral problems encountered in captive turtles result directly from inappropriate husbandry and nutrition.
  • It is essential to have an understanding of the natural history of the species and apply that information to the captive environment.
  • Stressors that may lead to undesirable behaviors in captive chelonians may include excessive or rough handling, inappropriate cage construction and location, lack of visual security, inadequate shelter, improper thermal range and heat sources, lack of or inappropriate substrate, inappropriate cage accessories, improper light spectrum and photoperiod, poor nutrition, inappropriate social structure and overcrowding.

History

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Examination

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Injury / aggression / stereotypical behavior

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Enrichment and behavioural training

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Fleming G J & Skurski M L (2014) Conditioning and Behavioural Training in Reptiles. In:  Current Therapy in Reptile Medicine and Surgery. Eds: Mader D R & Divers S J. Elsevier Saunders, USA. pp 128-132.
  • DEFRA (2012) Secretary of State’s Standards of Modern Zoo Practice. Website: www.gov.uk. Last accessed 26th February 2018.
  • Fleming G J (2012) Behavioural Training of Reptiles for Medical Purposes. In: Fowler’s Zoo and Wildlife Medicine Current Therapy.  Eds: Miller E & Fowler M E. Elsevier Saunders, USA. pp 212-216.
  • Mohan-Gibbons H & Raiti P (2010) Turtles, Tortoises and Terrapins. In: Behavior of Exotic Pets. Ed: Tynes V V. Wiley-Blackwell. pp 33-43.
Reproduced with permission from Valerie V Tynes: Behavior of Exotic Pets © 2010, published by John Wiley & Sons.

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