The Correlation Between Snakebites And Meteorological Variations
Contributor(s):: Chang Na
Background: In the United States, approximately 45,000 snakebites occur annually and affect many people including veterinarians and farmers.1 Snakebites can cause significant pain and morbidity such as severe bleeding and skin necrosis. Better predictive information on snakebite risk could help...
Human-Wildlife conflicts in Mwanachingwala conservation area(MCA) Kafue Flats of Zambia
| Contributor(s):: Mutandalike Choonga S
The study of the human-wildUfe conflicts in MCA Kafue flats was done in the month of August. The study used a structured questionnaire, focus group discussions and individual intennews unth randomly chosen individuals. Descriptive SPSS software was used to analyze the data at two levels: the...
Perceptions of zoo visitors about the suitability of Geochelone elegans as a pet based on exhibit design
| Contributor(s):: Shannon Marie Mckinney
Globally, the pet trade plays an active role in society even though many of the species involved are not always ideal pets. Zoos and other institutes may inadvertently contribute to the problem by housing animals in exhibits which may mislead the public about an animal's suitability as a pet....
Barriers to Live Animal Handling Training for Zoo Volunteers
| Contributor(s):: Susanne C. Tygielski
Zoos and museums utilize docents, or volunteer educators, to help educate and entertain visitors through live animal demonstrations. Preparing volunteers to handle live animals is complex because volunteers must learn animal handling techniques, emergency protocols, interpretive material, be able...
Use of the health belief model to explain perceptions of zoonotic disease risk by animal owners
| Contributor(s):: Karen L. Wheeler
The rise in the number of public health risks from zoonotic disease in just the past two decades has underscored both the importance of educating the public about risky health behaviors and preventive measures, and the need to communicate these topics in clear, concise and accessible language...
Growth and Age at Reproductive Maturity of the Carolina Pigmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus m. miliarius (Reptilia: Serpentes)
| Contributor(s):: Kevin Robert Messenger
Growth and age at reproductive maturity are life history attributes that play an important role in the development of proper management strategies. The Carolina Pigmy Rattlesnake, Sistrurus m. miliarius, is one of two dwarf rattlesnake species. The subspecies ranges from eastern NC to nearly the...
The ecology and behaviour of Varanus mertensi (Reptilia: Varanidae)
| Contributor(s):: Phillip James Mayes
This study examines numerous aspects of the ecology and behaviour of Merten’s Water Monitor, Varanus mertensi (Reptilia: Varanidae) including; daily behaviour, diet, foraging behaviour, reproductive seasonality and daily and long-term movements. Findings from over two years of field study of V....
An integrative analysis of reproduction and stress in free-living male cottonmouths, Agkistrodon piscivorus
| Contributor(s):: Sean Patrick Graham
I conducted an integrative field study on male cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorus), a common pitviper of the southeastern United States, to investigate the evolution of contrasting mating patterns in North American pitvipers (bimodal and unimodal annual patterns) and resolve conflicting...
Quantitative genetic analysis of reproduction traits in ball pythons
| Contributor(s):: Benson H. Morrill, Lee F. Rickords (adviser)
Although the captive reproduction of non-avian reptiles has increased steadily since the 1970’s, a dearth of information exists on successful management practices for large captive populations of these species. The data reported here come from a captive population of ball pythons (Python regius)...
Phylogeny, convergence, and snake behavior
| Contributor(s):: Harry Walter Greene
Comparative studies of snake behavior were used to confront three related conceptual issues in ethology: (i) Can behavior evolve? (ii) If so, how can the origins of similarities and differences in behavior among animals be assessed? (iii) What is the significance of this information for...