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  1. Blind Trading: A Literature Review of Research Addressing the Welfare of Ball Pythons in the Exotic Pet Trade

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    | Contributor(s):: Jennah Green, Emma Coulthard, David Megson, John Norrey, Laura Norrey, Jennifer K. Rowntree, Jodie Bates, Becky Dharmpaul, Mark Auliya, Neil D’Cruze

    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...

  2. Personality assessment of headstart Texas horned lizards (Phrynosoma cornutum) in human care prior to release

    | Contributor(s):: Barrett, Lisa P., Anthony, Kelsea L., Eliades, Samuel J., Siler, Cameron D., Lock, Brad, Snyder, Rebecca J.

  3. Public Perceptions of Herpetofauna in Zoos

    | Contributor(s):: Ogle, Brian W., Devlin, Shona

  4. Investigating Welfare Metrics for Snakes at the Saint Louis Zoo

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    | Contributor(s):: Augustine, Lauren, Baskir, Eli, Kozlowski, Corinne P., Hammack, Stephen, Elden, Justin, Wanner, Mark D., Franklin, Ashley D., Powell, David M.

    Modern herpetoculture has seen a rise in welfare-related habitat modifications, although ethologically-informed enclosure design and evidence-based husbandry are lacking. The diversity that exists within snakes complicates standardizing snake welfare assessment tools and evaluation techniques....

  5. Oral, Cloacal, and Hemipenal Actinomycosis in Captive Ball Pythons (Python regius)

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    | Contributor(s):: Steven B. Tillis, Marley E. Iredale, April L. Childress, Erin A. Graham, James F. X. Wellehan, Ramiro Isaza, Robert J. Ossiboff

    Ball pythons (Python regius) are one of the most commonly kept and bred reptiles in captivity. In a large ball python breeding colony, a unique syndrome characterized by granulomatous inflammation of the cloaca and hemipenes (phalli) was observed in 140 of 481 (29.1%) breeding males, but only...

  6. Foraging behavior in a generalist snake (brown treesnake, Boiga irregularis) with implications for avian reintroduction and recovery

    | Contributor(s):: Nafus, Melia G., Xiong, Peter X., Paxton, Eben H., Yackel Adams, Amy A., Goetz, Scott M.

  7. Pet Reptiles: A Potential Source of Transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella

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    | Contributor(s):: Clara Marin, Laura Lorenzo-Rebenaque, Omar Laso, José Villora-Gonzalez, Santiago Vega

    Salmonella spp. is widely considered one of the most important zoonotic pathogens worldwide. The close contact between reptiles and their owners provides favourable conditions for the transmission of zoonotic pathogen infections, and ∼6% of human salmonellosis cases are acquired after...

  8. Love in Cold Blood: Are Reptile Owners Emotionally Attached to Their Pets?

    | Contributor(s):: Haddon, Celia, Burman, Oliver H. P., Assheton, Phil, Wilkinson, Anna

  9. The Effect of Long Term Captivity on Stress Levels in Anolis carolinensis Lizards

    | Contributor(s):: Borgmans, Glenn, Palme, Rupert, Sannen, Adina, Vervaecke, Hilde, Van Damme, Raoul

  10. Routine handling does not lead to chronic stress in captive green anole (Anolis carolinensis)

    | Contributor(s):: Borgmans, G., Palme, R., Sannen, A., Vervaecke, H., Van Damme, R.

  11. The effect of cage size on stress levels in captive green anole (Anolis carolinensis)

    | Contributor(s):: Borgmans, G., Palme, R., Sannen, A., Vervaecke, H., Van Damme, R.

  12. A persistent abnormal repetitive behaviour in a false water cobra (Hydrodynastes gigas)

    | Contributor(s):: Michaels, C. J., Gini, B. F., Clifforde, L.

  13. The effects of acute exposure to mining machinery noise on the behaviour of eastern blue-tongued lizards (Tiliqua scincoides)

    | Contributor(s):: Mancera, K. F., Murray, P., Lisle, A., Dupont, C., Faucheux, F., Phillips, C. J. C.

  14. The effect of environmental provisioning on stress levels in captive green anole (Anolis carolinensis)

    | Contributor(s):: Borgmans, G., Palme, R., Sannen, A., Vervaecke, H., Van Damme, R.

  15. What Can We Do for Amphibians and Reptiles at Schools? Between Personal Conceptions, Conceptual Change and Students' Pro-Environmental Attitudes

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    | Contributor(s):: Zofia Anna Chylenska, Eliza Rybska

    Students’ conceptions and conceptual change are deeply investigated phenomena, and the results of such studies can be implemented in the didactic process. For this research, amphibians and reptiles were chosen, because they are animals which are significant for ecosystems but at the same...

  16. Environmental enrichment impacts discrimination between familiar and unfamiliar human odours in snakes (Pantherophis guttata)

    | Contributor(s):: Nagabaskaran, Gokulan, Burman, Oliver H. P., Hoehfurtner, Tatjana, Wilkinson, Anna

  17. Human Attitude toward Reptiles: A Relationship between Fear, Disgust, and Aesthetic Preferences

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    | Contributor(s):: Markéta Janovcová, Silvie Rádlová, Jakub Polák, Kristýna Sedláˇcková, Šárka Peléšková, Barbora Žampachová, Daniel Frynta, Eva Landová

    Focusing on one group of animals can bring interesting results regarding our attitudes toward them and show the key features that our evaluation of such animals is based on. Thus, we designed a study of human perception of all reptiles focusing on the relationship between perceived fear,...

  18. Deadly cures: how venomous animals could save your life | Glenn King | TEDxUQ

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    | Contributor(s):: Glenn King

    Creepy crawlies are much more than the stuff of nightmares. Animal venoms have numerous properties that could serve as exceptional therapeutics for life-threatening medical conditions. Professor Glenn King, a pioneer in development of new applications for animal venom, believes the next...

  19. Nutrition and husbandry conditions of Palearctic tortoises (Testudo spp.) in captivity

    | Contributor(s):: Bauer, Thomas, Reese, Sven, Koelle, Petra

    Mediterranean and Russian tortoises (Testudo spp.) are popular companion animals (pets), despite ongoing controversy concerning privately keeping reptiles. The arguments used during these controversial discussions have often been based on outdated facts. Therefore, a survey was developed to...

  20. Evaluation of Enrichment for Reptiles in Zoos

    | Contributor(s):: Eagan, Taylor

    Studies on environmental enrichment for reptiles are lacking in the scientific literature. Although the literature reflects a limited take on reptile enrichment in the zoological community, it may not be the case in reality as enrichment is generally considered an important aspect of the care of...