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Reptiles are held at wildlife parks and zoos for display and conservation breeding programs and are increasingly being kept as pets. Reliable indicators of welfare for reptiles need to be identified. Current guidelines for the captive management of reptiles utilize resource-based, rather than...

Author(s)
Benn, A. L.; McLelland, D. J.; Whittaker, A. L.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2019, 9, 1, pp 27
Abstract

We searched a selection of the scientific literature to document evidence for, and explorations into reptile sentience. The intention of this review was to highlight; (1) to what extent reptile capability for emotions have been documented in the scientific literature; (2) to discuss the...

Author(s)
Lambert, H.; Carder, G.; D'Cruze, N.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2019, 9, 10, pp 821
Abstract

Captive environments for snakes commonly involve small enclosures with dimensions that prevent occupants from adopting straight line body postures. In particular, the commercial, hobby, and pet sectors routinely utilize small vivaria and racking systems, although zoos and other facilities also...

Author(s)
Warwick, C.; Arena, P.; Steedman, C.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 2019, 30, pp 37-48
Abstract

Reptiles are often used as model species in scientific research and are popular in the pet trade, yet how they cope with captive conditions has not been well studied. Stress caused by captivity could affect the endocrinology, physiology and behaviour of animals, resulting in a general decrease in ...

Author(s)
Borgmans, G.; Palme, R.; Sannen, A.; Vervaecke, H.; Damme, R. van
Publisher
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), Wheathampstead, UK
Citation
Animal Welfare, 2019, 28, 4, pp 455-464
Abstract

Whilst a great deal of research has been focused on identifying ways to assess the welfare of captive mammals and birds, there is comparatively little knowledge on how reptilian species are affected by captivity, and the ways in which their welfare can be accurately assessed. The present study...

Author(s)
Moszuti, S. A.; Wilkinson, A.; Burman, O. H. P.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2017, 193, pp 98-103
Abstract

Extensive numbers of Ball pythons are caught, bred, traded and subsequently kept in captivity across the world as part of the exotic pet industry. Despite their widespread availability as pets, relatively little is known about the potential welfare challenges affecting them. We reviewed the...

Author(s)
Green, J.; Coulthard, E.; Megson, D.; Norrey, J.; Norrey, L.; Rowntree, J. K.; Bates, J.; Dharmpaul, B.; Auliya, M.; D’cruze, N.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2020, 10, 2,
Abstract

Environmental enrichment has proven to be a useful and effective welfare tool in order to evaluate and enhance the well-being of captive animals, but only when it is based on detailed knowledge of each species' natural behaviour. Chemoreception is fundamental to many aspects of reptilian biology;...

Author(s)
Londoño, C.; Bartolomé, A.; Carazo, P.; Font, E.
Publisher
Wiley, Berlin, Germany
Citation
Ethology, 2018, 124, 9, pp 674-683
Abstract

In response to an increased awareness concerning the welfare of captive animals, several studies have investigated the effect of provisions on stress levels in model species, such as small mammals, birds and fish. In contrast, reptiles have received less attention. Although many reptilian species...

Author(s)
Borgmans, G.; Palme, R.; Sannen, A.; Vervaecke, H.; Damme, R. van
Publisher
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), Wheathampstead, UK
Citation
Animal Welfare, 2018, 27, 1, pp 35-46
Abstract

Reptiles are popular as pets and it is, therefore, important to understand how different aspects of housing and husbandry impact on their behaviour and welfare. One potential cause of stress in captive reptiles is interaction with humans; in particular, the effect of handling. However, little...

Author(s)
Stockley, V. R.; Wilkinson, A.; Burman, O. H. P.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2020, 10, 11,
Abstract

Heloderma horridum is one of the few known venomous lizards in the world. Their populations are in decline due to habitat destruction and capture for the pet trade. In México, many zoos have decided to take care of this species, most of them at altitudes greater than the natural altitudinal...

Author(s)
Guadarrama, S. S.; Domínguez-Vega, H.; Díaz-Albiter, H. M.; Quijano, A.; Bastiaans, E.; Carrillo-Castilla, P.; Manjarrez, J.; Gómez-Ortíz, Y.; Fajardo, V.
Publisher
Routledge, Philadelphia, USA
Citation
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 2020, 23, 1, pp 74-82

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