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Cold blooded critters. Care and maintenance of reptiles and amphibians in laboratory settings. Meet the Critters. Reptiles Crocodilians, Snakes, Lizards & Turtles Amphibians Frogs, Toads, Salamanders, & Sirens. AMPHIBIANS. REPTILES. What can I do?. Husbandry.

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Cold blooded critters
Cold blooded critters

Care and maintenance of reptiles and amphibians in laboratory settings


Meet the critters
Meet the Critters

Reptiles

Crocodilians, Snakes, Lizards & Turtles

Amphibians

Frogs, Toads, Salamanders, & Sirens





Husbandry
Husbandry

Animals inspected throughout the day

New water daily

Enclosures cleaned as needed or by schedule

Feeding as dictated by the species

Temperature and humidity monitored throughout the day

Medications or other procedures as dictated by research project.





Cage furnishings
Cage Furnishings

Purpose

Cleanliness

Security (keeper and kept)

Behavoral

Biological


Behavior
Behavior

Be familiar with a species’ needs

Temperature, humidity, food, water, shelter, etc

Be aware of a species’ abilities

Venomous / toxic, jumping, infrared sensing, etc

Be aware of an individual animal's behavioral traits


Diseases
Diseases

Parasites

Ticks, mites, leeches, and worms

Fungal

Chytrid- attacks the protein keratin

Bacterial

Salmonella, Vibrio, and Red leg

Viral

Stargazer’s and many unknown viruses


Handling
Handling

Reptiles

Snakes, turtles, lizards, and crocodilians

Tools

Hands

Nets

Catch pole

Snake hook

Tongs

Eye protection













Handling ii
Handling II

Amphibians

Salamanders, Sirens, Frogs

Hands

Nets

Containers


Safety
Safety

Working with non-venomous animals

Have a plan !

All tools ready before moving any animal

New container/cage ready to receive animals

Work area cleared of any non- essential material

Plan to recapture escapees



Safety ii
Safety II

Working with venomous or dangerous animals

Have a detailed, well rehearsed plan !!

All equipment tested and ready for use

Two people to work each project

Escape proof, closed room while moving or handling these animals.

Anti-venom and trained personnel immediately available



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