Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive Management by Stephen Jackson

By Stephen Jackson

Winner of the 2004 Whitley Medal. Shortlisted within the Scholarly Reference component to the 2004 Australian Awards for Excellence in academic Publishing. This authoritative quantity represents a whole and accomplished advisor 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 workforce the subsequent info is roofed: Biology Housing seize and discretion shipping nutrition Breeding man made rearing Behaviour and behavioural enrichment The booklet offers a whole literature overview of all recognized info at the biology of every crew of animals and brings details on their biology within the wild into captive events. additionally, for the 1st time, it offers sensible guidance for hand-rearing, and has been greatly reviewed by means of zookeepers and veterinarians to include the main updated details and strategies.

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

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3 Capture and restraint techniques Platypus are generally caught by the tail from the nest box or tunnel system. Because of the male’s venomous spur, they should be handled only by the tail (Fig. 4). Female platypus are also best handled by the tail, as they are generally able to free themselves if held any other way. Envenomation by the spur of the male causes immediate extreme pain, swelling and debilitation of the limb that has been spurred (Jamieson 1818; Spicer 1877; Tidswell 1906; Calaby 1968; Sutherland 1983; Fenner et al.

5 Occurrence of hybrids None. 6 Timing of breeding Platypus have a distinct breeding season that varies with latitude. Mating generally occurs from July or August in Queensland, August–September in New South Wales and Victoria and even later in Tasmania. Mating and egg laying occur in July to November with young emerging from the burrow between December and March (Temple-Smith 1973; Carrick 1995; Grant 1995; Temple-Smith and Grant 2001). 1 Wild Both males and females can breed from two years of age until death.

Induction can be undertaken using injectable agents, however induction times are variable and recovery times prolonged (Booth 1999; Vogelnest 1999). 5 ml/kg intramuscularly but full recovery may take up to four hours (Booth 1999; Vogelnest 1999). Intramuscular injections should be given into the muscles of the hind leg, and not the tail, which is composed mainly of subcutaneous fat (Booth 1999; Vogelnest 1999). Platypus cannot be intubated (Booth 1994). 2 Physical examination To undertake a complete physical examination usually requires sedation or general anaesthesia (Booth 1999).

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