Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive Management by Stephen Jackson

By Stephen Jackson

Winner of the 2004 Whitley Medal. Shortlisted within the Scholarly Reference part of the 2004 Australian Awards for Excellence in academic Publishing. This authoritative quantity represents a whole and accomplished consultant to the husbandry of Australian marsupials and different mammals. Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive administration dedicates a bankruptcy to every workforce of animals together with the platypus, the echidna, carnivorous marsupials, numbats, bandicoots and bilbies, koalas, wombats, possums and gliders, macropods, bats, rodents and the dingo. for every animal team the subsequent info is roofed: Biology Housing trap and discretion delivery vitamin Breeding man made rearing Behaviour and behavioural enrichment The e-book offers a whole literature evaluation of all identified info at the biology of every workforce of animals and brings details on their biology within the wild into captive events. additionally, for the 1st time, it presents useful guidance for hand-rearing, and has been largely reviewed via zookeepers and veterinarians to include the main updated info and methods.

Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive administration presents useful tips for zoo-keepers, veterinarians, zoologists, researchers and scholars.

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There are two approaches to platypus handling: 1. Daily handling in which individuals are caught daily and weighed. Advantages Allows a continuous monitoring of body weight and general health. ■ Platypus appear to like routine and seem to become accustomed to this. ■ Disadvantages ■ It could be a daily stress on the animals. ■ It could potentially interfere with breeding behaviour. spur spur Figure 4. Restraint of platypus showing the position of the hand on the tail of the platypus and the spurs of the male platypus.

Fleas and mites have been found to cause irritation of the skin including the external ear canal (Munday et al. 1998). Nematodes generally cause sub-clinical infection (Whittington 1992). Diagnosis – Ticks and fleas can be diagnosed by careful examination of the fur. Mites and larval nematodes can be identified by a skin scraping and microscope examination to identify the parasites. Treatment – Ticks can be removed manually, and ticks and fleas can be treated with an ivermectin S/C (R. Booth pers.

1993; Beeh 1995; Munday et al. 1998). Severely ulcerated animals become debilitated and often flyblown. Mortalities have been found as a direct result of the disease (Munday et al. 1998). Trichophyton mentagrophytes var mentagrophytes has been the cause of hair loss (Whittington 1992). Diagnosis – Clinical signs, fungal culture for Trichophyton and serology for Mucor amphibiorum (R. Booth pers. ). Mucor amphibiorum is identified by taking samples from skin lesions fixed in 10% buffered formal saline, processed and embedded in paraffin.

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