Breeding chapters include visual sexing techniques, other sexing techniques including some revolutionary new methods, courtship and mating, cooling and separation, reproductive strategies, caring for gravid females, nest facilities, egg management, artificial incubation facilities and regimes, temperature dependent sex determination, and hatchling care. Breeding chapters include visual sexing techniques, other sexing techniques including some revolutionary new methods, courtship and mating, cooling and separation, reproductive strategies, caring for gravid females, nest facilities, egg management, artificial incubation facilities and regimes, temperature dependent sex determination, and hatchling care. However, if a monitor has special needs, these will have to be catered for during any absence. This classic work was originally published in 1975. Should you purchase unrelated stock? If items are misdirected, temporarily misplaced or flights are cancelled or redirected, items packaged correctly are unmistakable and are far less likely to be misplaced. Raymond Hoser has been an active herpetologist for about 30 years and published over 150 papers in journals worldwide and nine books. Each unique species has been dealt with individually, with the provided information being derived from my own personal experiences and from the experiences of other people who have kept and bred these species.
Dealers generally have more stock available but fewer species to choose from. Captive Habits and Observations All monitors did well in captivity. Lace monitors display varying personalities, so each seems to cope with captivity in a different way. It is hoped that the information provided in this book will encourage Australian keepers to look more fervently at what is available now, to ensure that it will continue to be available in years to come. However, scientists and varanid enthusiasts are likely to argue the validity of these studies for many years to come. Be aware of specimens bagged in proximity to each other—predators can still smell prey through bags.
Also included is a first aid guide for snakebite, an essay on conservation issues, a further reading list, glossary, and indexes of common and scientific snake names. In addition, it has a comprehensive list of scientific references for those wishing to conduct more in-depth research, an extensive glossary, and basic guides to the collection, preservation and captive care of specimens. The disadvantages of purchasing juveniles are that they may be more difficult to care for and are often sold unsexed. The description of each species includes its habits and habitat, a distribution map, and, in most cases, a colour photograph. It also inflicts a throbbing sensation similar to a wasp sting for one to two hours after the bite.
Legally wild caught specimens may be preferable when purchasing rare species not readily offered for sale. The degree of danger is directly related to the size of the monitor, its crushing power and how much can fit in its mouth at any one time. This is followed with a section on breeding that includes Visual Sexing Techniques, other Sexing Techniques including some revolutionary new methods, Courtship and Mating, Cooling and Separation, Reproductive Strategies, Caring for Gravid Females, Nest Facilities, Egg Management, Artificial Incubation Facilities and Regimes and Hatchling Care. They require maintenance—some species require daily attention to remain healthy and others require considerable space and expensive food. Some buyers prefer to purchase locally, however, interstate purchases can be rewarding when dealing with breeders who have a good reputation. Short Journeys A short journey refers to the movement of a monitor within a single facility or between facilities within driving distance of each other.
They often occur in monitors housed in outdoor enclosures, in enclosures with natural furnishings such as leaf litter, and in wild caught specimens. The monitors appeared to establish a social hierarchy within the pits based solely upon size and strength. This has been supplemented with relevant natural history information to provide a much more balanced view of the care and breeding of these species. Australian Reptile Keeper Publications, Strathfieldsaye, Vic. After approximately six years of developing skills in the husbandry of these animals, he moved across to the reptiles and birds of prey, where he worked for five years. Do not string a buyer along—they will be turning down other potential buyers while they await your payment.
If your grip must be adjusted, the monitor should always be placed on the ground—the first thing a large monitor will do if it feels your grip loosening is spin around and grab at you with its claws to feel more secure. Complete with a comprehensive health and disease chapter. Only some monitors, such as smaller terrestrial species, can be regularly handled—most do not respond well to it. Monitors are generally quite resilient. Complete with a comprehensive health and disease chapter. Different classes of reptiles have different requirements—monitors are not the most expensive but still require costly accessories. Housing These monitors were housed in enclosed adjoining pits, whose combined measurements were 17 x 7 m 55.
Breeding chapters discuss sexing, cues, methods, mating and courtship, care of gravid females, egg-laying and birth, and incubation and neonate care. Photographs published in Brown, D. Full, direct sunlight was available to the monitors throughout the day. It is recommended to always have a range of containers stored nearby that can be used in case of an emergency. Is the tail fat and rounded? For this reason, their habits and peculiarities are unique and therefore much of the information about their captive care is not relevant to Australian species. Well done Danny—it will be hard to beat this one! Complete with a comprehensive health and diseases chapter.
Large species are more difficult to accommodate—their sharp claws can tear through some materials. Usually, the male approached the female and attempted to mount her, accompanied by tongue-flicking and stroking her head with either a foot or his head. The key to safely transporting monitors on short journeys is preparation and the use of safe and secure storage containers appropriate for the species being transported. The 160 cm male from Nevertire frequently ate at night. General Husbandry chapters cover stock selection, handling and hygiene, transportation, security and safety, quarantine, indoor and outdoor enclosure options, enclosure size, compatibility, ventilation, substrate choices, hide sites, enclosure enrichment, heating, lighting, thermostats, invertebrate and vertebrate food items, artificial diets, culturing insect foods, dietary supplements and dealing with feeding problems. Hessian or plastic feedbags are not suitable. Their diet included: fish, bones, reptiles, frogs, mammals, snails and a variety of eggs including goanna eggs.
Additionally, it is hoped the information provided here will allow overseas enthusiasts to better maintain their stocks of Australian species so they are not permanently lost. Most captive lace monitors appear to become less timid with time. This section is a little repetitive and may have been better represented by grouping similar species but demonstrates each turtle and its habitat well and this will assist in the identification of each species. Complete with a comprehensive health and disease chapter. Larger monitor species are adept at using the tip of their tail as a whip, and will strike with considerable force and accuracy if approached at close range. The book is littered with full colour images showing all aspects of sexing, housing, breeding and general appearance of the species within each chapter using over 400 images from some of Australia's finest reptile photographers, most unique to this book series.