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  1. Investigating the Behavior and Personality Structure of the Aldabra Tortoise during Human Interactions and Training Events

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    | Contributor(s):: Quintavalle Pastorino, G., Smith, V., Faustini, M., Bonacina, E., Guadagnini, D., Robbiati, R., Cavalleri, A., Brereton, J. E., Preziosi, R.

    Human-animal interaction (HAI) can be valuable for captive animals, and many zoo-housed species benefit from interactions with their keepers. There is also an increasing body of evidence that some animal species possess personalities that are temporally consistent. However, the majority of zoo...

  2. Modeling a Hawksbill Sea Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) Population and Evaluating Possible Conservation Methods, Including the Use of Eco-tourism and Education

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    | Contributor(s):: Dana Hackel

  3. Modeling Commercial Freshwater Turtle Production on US Farms for Pet and Meat Markets

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    | Contributor(s):: Ivana Mali, Hsiao-Husan Wang, William E. Grant, Mark Feldman, Michael R. J. Forstner

    Freshwater turtles are being exploited for meat, eggs, traditional medicine, and pet trade. As a response, turtle farming became a booming aquaculture industry in the past two decades, specifically in the southeastern states of the United States of America (US) and across Southeast Asia....

  4. The Truth about Deer, Turtles, and Dogs: An examination of Ancient Maya Human-Faunal Interactions

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    | Contributor(s):: Lindsay Foreman

  5. A village dog is not a stray : human-dog interactions in coastal Mexico

    | Contributor(s):: Eliza Ruiz Izaguirre

    Dogs (Canis familiaris) are considered one of the most numerous carnivores worldwide. Although in the Global North dogs are popular companions, that live inside homes, about 80% of the dogs in the world are village dogs. Village dogs are typically free-roaming, scavenge refuse around human...

  6. Morbidity and mortality in reptiles presented to a wildlife care facility in Central Illinois

    | Contributor(s):: Rivas, Anne E., Allender, Matthew C., Mitchell, Mark, Whittington, Julia K.

  7. A Review of Common Diseases in Captive Reptiles

    | Contributor(s):: Michael Lindeen, John Haupert

    Reptiles, as both pets and as laboratory animals, are becoming more popular. The small "dime store" turtle or red eared turtle has been popular for a long time, but making their way into homes are such reptiles as boa constrictors, garter snakes, black snakes, box turtles, caiman,...

  8. The danger of contracting salmonellosis from exotic pets

    | Contributor(s):: Paul, Siba Prosad, Wilkinson, Rachel, Hawes, Dorothy

  9. The Cayman Turtle Farm: why we can't have our green turtle and eat it too

    | Contributor(s):: D'Cruze, N., Alcock, R., Donnelly, M.

    The Cayman Turtle Farm (CTF) is the only facility in the world that commercially produces green sea turtles ( Chelonia mydas) for human consumption. The CTF has operated at a significant financial loss for much of its 45 years history and is maintained by substantial Cayman Island Government...

  10. Enriching tortoises: assessing color preference

    | Contributor(s):: Passos, L. F., Mello, H. E. S., Young, R. J.

    Environmental enrichment is a principle that is used to enhance the quality of care for nonhuman animals in captivity. To achieve this, it is necessary to understand the animal's needs. This study focused on color preference to provide food stimuli as a source of environmental enrichment for the...

  11. Housing Density and Growth in Juvenile Red-Eared Turtles

    | Contributor(s):: McRobert, Scott P.

    Analyzes the growth of juvenile turtles under laboratory conditions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Effects of housing condition and diet on turtle growth; Factors affecting the chances of survival of turtles; Development of a protocol for the successful maintenance of turtles in captivity.

  12. The use of classical and operant conditioning in training Aldabra tortoises ( Geochelone gigantea ) for venipuncture and other husbandry issues

    | Contributor(s):: Weiss, E., Wilson, S.

    A variety of nonhuman animals in zoo and research settings have been the subjects of classical and operant conditioning techniques. Much of the published work has focused on mammals, husbandry training and veterinary issues. However, several zoos are training reptiles and birds for similar...

  13. Welfare and environmental implications of farmed sea turtles

    | Contributor(s):: Arena, P. C., Warwick, C., Steedman, C.

    Various captivity-related health problems have been described as arising in the farming of sea turtles at the Cayman Turtle Farm (CTF). Our study included a desktop review of turtle farming, direct onsite inspection at the CTF, assessment of visual materials and reports provided by investigators...

  14. Welfare of non-traditional pets

    | Contributor(s):: Schuppli, C. A., Fraser, D., Bacon, H. J.

    The keeping of non-traditional or 'exotic' pets has been growing in popularity worldwide. In addition to the typical welfare challenges of keeping more traditional pet species like dogs and cats, ensuring the welfare of non-traditional pets is complicated by factors such as lack of knowledge,...

  15. Critter Assisted Therapy

    Critter Assisted Therapy, is a service offered by Critterish Allsorts, to provide animal assisted therapy services to individual's, groups and institutions, as well as local authorities and private providers of mental health care.

  16. Admin Test

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    | Contributor(s):: Aaron Patrick Wilson

    This is an awesome test!

  17. Conservation implications of dietary dilution from debris ingestion: sublethal effects in post-hatchling loggerhead sea turtles

    | Contributor(s):: Shannon J. McCauley, Karen A. Bjomdal

    Ingestion of anthropogenic debris by marine species has been documented extensively; fewer studies have attempted to quantify the sublethal effects caused by debris ingestion. One potential sublethal effect is reduced nutrient gains from diets diluted by consumption of debris. Post-hatchling and...

  18. Shifting focus: redefining the goals of sea turtle consumption and protection in Bali

    | Contributor(s):: Audrey Jensen, Windia Adnyana (adviser)

    Many would say that the environment and human culture consists of an evolutionary process, complete with necessary adaptations to current situations and the availability of resources. However, religion is usually thought to be a constant, an entity that grounds the individual believer in a...

  19. The physiological and behavioural impacts of and preference for an enriched environment in the eastern box turtle ( Terrapene carolina carolina )

    | Contributor(s):: Case, B. C., Lewbart, G. A., Doerr, P. D.

    The physiological and behavioural impact of, as well as preference for, enriched versus barren environments was determined for captive eastern box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina). Thirty-eight box turtles were randomized to either barren (flat newspaper substrate) or enriched (cypress mulch...

  20. Multiple ownership of animals in New York City

    | Contributor(s):: Worth, D., Beck, A. M.