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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

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

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.


Plastic fiber tub


Glass Tank


Fiberglass aquarium


Cage Furnishings

Purpose

Cleanliness

Security (keeper and kept)

Behavoral

Biological


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

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

Reptiles

Snakes, turtles, lizards, and crocodilians

Tools

Hands

Nets

Catch pole

Snake hook

Tongs

Eye protection


Equipment


Handling equipment


Feeding equipment


Red eared slider


Snapping turtle


When Iguanas Behave


Blood Python


Boa Riding A Hook


(Insert animation)


The Reason To Wear Gloves


Rubber Boa


Handling II

Amphibians

Salamanders, Sirens, Frogs

Hands

Nets

Containers


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


Bad move


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


Venomous snake handling


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