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BIO446 Captive Reptilian Management (8)

Abstract

This subject covers the general principles of the management of reptiles in captivity. The general principles of housing, husbandry, nutrition, diet, breeding, and health and disease will be examined for each of the reptilian groups. These studies will lead into more specialised studies of selected groups including enrichment, captive breeding for conservation including reintroduction case studies, and the care and rehabilitation of injured reptiles.

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Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BIO446
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

BIO443

Enrolment restrictions

Must be enrolled in the GDip Capt Vert Mgt course, or if not in this course, must have the approval of both Course Co-ordinators.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
have an understanding of the role of keeping reptiles in captivity in conservation;
be able to describe the general principles of housing and husbandry in keeping captive reptiles, and in detail, the requirements of a specific species or group;
have an understanding of the general breeding requirements of captive reptiles, and for a specific species, the detailed breeding requirements;
be able to describe the specialised management requirements for a specific species;
have an understanding of health and disease issues in keeping captive reptiles, and for a specific species, a detailed understanding of these issues;
have an understanding of the importance of appropriate methods of keeping records, including breeding records;
have an appreciation of the importance of enrichment in keeping captive reptiles, and for a specific species, design appropriate enrichment protocols;
have an understanding of the general principles/protocols in the care and rehabilitation of injured reptiles; and
have reviewed in detail, at least one reptilian reintroduction study.

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
The role of keeping reptiles in captivity in conservation. Principles of housing and husbandry. Reptilian reproductive system and breeding requirements. Specialised reptilian management requirements, including artificial egg incubation and hand rearing. Methods of keeping appropriate records. Reptilian enrichment. Reptilian health and disease. Care and rehabilitation of injured reptiles. Captive breeding for conservation: reptilian reintroduction case studies.

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 18 October 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.