BIO446 Captive Reptilian Management (8)

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.

Subject availability
Session 2 (60)
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.
Subject Information
Grading System
HD/FL
Duration
One session
School
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
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.
Assumed Knowledge
BIO443
Prerequisites
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.
Contact
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

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

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