Reptiles

 


Captive Management  Husbandry

Manuals

 

This Husbandry Manual Register is in two parts;

1. The first section is an index of Reptile Taxonomic Orders. Click on the Taxonomic link to be taken to the relevant section within the second section of the Registry.  Please note that Husbandry Manuals are not currently available for all groups or species.

2. The second section provides the contact details for the Husbandry Manuals known to us from the taxonomic group you have selected, listed by Taxonomic Family.

If the contact details for a specific Manual has changed or you know of, or are searching for, a specific Manual which is not listed here, please contact me and I will endeavour to assist.

Many of the following Husbandry Manuals are available from one or more of the regional Zoo Management Associations; unfortunately in most cases you need to be a financial member of the relevant Association in order to be eligible to obtain a copy of a Manual. However, wherever possible, contact details for obtaining a copy directly from the authors (or elsewhere) is provided.

 

 

Reptile Index

Testudines (Turtles & Tortoises)

Rhynchocephalia (Tuatara)

Sauria (Lizards, Monitors, Geckoes, Worm Lizards etc.)

Ophidia (Snakes, Boas, Pythons, Vipers etc.)

Crocodylia (Crocodiles, Alligators etc.)

 


 

Reptile Husbandry Manuals


Common Diseases of Urban Wildlife; Reptiles
K. Rose (2005).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Common Diseases of Urban Wildlife; Myopathy & Trauma
K. Rose (2005).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Poisonous or Venomous Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish and
Invertebrates in Captivity Management Guidelines
Warren Spencer (2004).
Bristol Zoo Gardens
The Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland,
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Hygiene protocol for the control of disease in captive snakes NSW Department of Environment and Conservation (2004).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Guidelines and conditions for marine reptile strandings, rehabilitation and release in New South Wales.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (2002).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Information On Human Health Hazards From Animal Diseases (Zoonoses)
Compiled by John Potter (2007).
Contact me for availability

Herpetofauna Transport Standards
Chris Banks (2005).
ARAZPA

Reptile Behavior, Training and Enrichment
Available at web site (HTML):
Go here to view

 

Testudines (Turtles & Tortoises)

Caring for Australian Freshwater Turtles in Captivity
C. Latta (2009).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Caring for Australian Freshwater Turtles in Captivity
C. Latta (2007).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Dietary Requirements of Asian Turtles
M. Helmink & S. Kuperus (2002).
Available at web site (HTML):
Go here to download

Nutrition Research on Calcium Homeostasis II: Freshwater Turtles (PAPER)
Deborah A. McWilliams (2005).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Marine Turtle Trauma Response Procedures: A Husbandry Manual
Jessie E. Bluvias (2008)
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Chelydridae (Snapping Turtles)
 

Emydidae (Pond Turtles/Box and Water Turtles)

Eastern Clemmys Turtle Husbandry
Dennis W. Herman (1991).
Available at web site (HTML):
Go here to download

Spiny Hill Turtle Husbandry Guidelines
(2007).
EAZA

Husbandry and Breeding of the Spiny Turtle
Matthias Goetz (2007).
RADIATA 16 (2), 2007
Contact:
Matthias Goetz,

E-mail:
matt.goetz@durrell.org

Indian Star Tortoise Husbandry Guidelines
Draper, C. (2010).

Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Testudinidae (Tortoises)

African Pancake Tortoise Management Guidelines
Tim Skelton and Sharon Redrobe (2002).
Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland.
Zoological Gardens, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY,
United Kingdom.
EAZA
ISIS

Radiated Tortoise Husbandry Manual
Karl Westphal (1998).
Mitchell Park Zoo, C/o Durban Parks Department,
P O Box 3740, Durban, 4000, South Africa.
PAAZAB
ISIS

Madagascar Flat-tailed Tortoise Management Guidelines
Ziegler N. (2000).
Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, Jersey, United Kingdom.
Contact:

Mag. Nadja Ziegler,
Marktgasse 62/2/9, A-1090 Vienna, Austria.
E-mail:
nadja.ziegler@usa.net

Egyptian Tortoise Husbandry and Breeding Guidelines Henk Zwartepoorte (2006).
Contact me for availability

Egyptian Tortoise Husbandry Guidelines
Henk Zwartepoorte (2004).
Contact:
Henk Zwartepoorte,
E-mail:
hezwa@rotterdamzoo.nl
EAZA

Galapagos Giant Tortoise Husbandry Guidelines
S. Furrer and S. Tgetgel (2008).
Contact:
S. Furrer, Zoo Zürich, Zürichbergstrasse 221, CH-8044 Zürich, Switzerland
E-mail: samuel.furrer@zoo.ch
EAZA

 

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Geoemydidae, and Bataguridae (Asian River, Leaf, Roofed & Asian Box Turtles)

Malayan Box Turtle Husbandry Guidelines
Merijn Kerlen (2008).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Carettochelyidae (Pignose Turtles)

Trionychidae (Softshell Turtles)

Dermatemydidae (River Turtles)

Kinosternidae (Mud and Musk Turtles)
 

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Cheloniidae (Sea Turtles)

Oil and Sea Turtles: Biology, Planning, and Response
Gary Shigenaka (Ed) (2003).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Dermochelyidae (Leatherback Turtles)
 

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Chelidae (Austro-American Sideneck Turtles)

Eastern Snake-Necked Turtle Husbandry Manual
Host, M. (2006).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Pelomedusidae (Afro-American Sideneck Turtles)

Podocnemididae (Madagascan Big-headed and American Sideneck River Turtles)

 

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Rhynchocephalia (Tuatara)

Tuatara captive management plan and husbandry manual
Barbara Blanchard, & the Tuatara Recovery Group (2002).
Department of Conservation,
PO Box 10-420, Wellington, New Zealand.
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Sauria (Lizards, Monitors, Geckoes, Worm Lizards etc.)

Lizard Taxon Management Accounts
(1996).
Contact: Rick Hudson,
Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth,
TX 76110-6640, USA.
Phone: + 1 817 759 7500
Fax: + 1 817 759 7501

Nutrition Research on Calcium Homeostasis I: Lizards (PAPER)
Deborah A. McWilliams (2005).
Go here to download


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Agamidae (Agamas)

Cane Grass Dragon Husbandry Manual
Jochem van der Reijden (2008).
Go here to download

Eastern Bearded Dragon Husbandry Guidelines
Ferguson, K. (2009).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Central Netted Dragon Husbandry Manual
Flintoft, L. (2007).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Bearded Dragons Husbandry Manual
Nelson, A. (2006).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Frilled Lizard Husbandry Manual
Brooks, T. (2006).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Australian Water Dragon Husbandry Guidelines
Hosking, C. (2010).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Chamaeleonidae (Chameleons)
 

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Iguanidae ("Iguanas")

West Indian Iguana Husbandry Manual
Jeffrey M. Lemm, Nancy Lung, & Ann M. Ward (2010).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Lesser Antillean Iguana Management Guidelines
Ziegler N. (2000).
Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, Jersey, United Kingdom.
Contact:

Mag. Nadja Ziegler,
Marktgasse 62/2/9, A-1090 Vienna, Austria.
E-mail:
nadja.ziegler@usa.net

Lesser Antillean Iguana Captive Management Guidelines
Steve Reichling (undated).
Available at web site (HTML):
Go here to download

Cyclura Captive Management Guidelines
Bill Christie (undated).
Available at web site (HTML):
Go here to download

Utila Spiny-tailed Iguana Management Guidelines
Matthias Goetz (2011 update).
EAZA

Utila Spiny-tailed Iguana Management Guidelines
Matthias Goetz (2006).
EAZA

Fijian Crested Iguana Husbandry Manual
Reidpath, D. (2006).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Rhinoceros Iguana Husbandry guidelines
Candy, C. (2009).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Green Iguana Husbandry Manual
Dowling, A. (2008).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Anolis Husbandry Manual
Michelle Formica (2011).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download


 

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Gekkonidae (Geckoes)

Basic Management Guidelines for the Maintenance of Yellow-headed Day Gecko (Phelsuma klemmeri)
(2008).
Contact me for availability

Southern Leaf-tailed Gecko Husbandry Manual
Iezzi, A. (2008).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Pygopodidae (Legless Lizards)

Dibamidae (Blind Lizards)

Cordylidae (Spinytail Lizards)

Gerrhosauridae (Plated Lizards)

Gymnophthalmidae (Spectacled Lizards)

Teiidae (Whiptails and Tegus)

Lacertidae (Lacertids, Wall Lizards)
 

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Scincidae
(Skinks)

Eastern Blue Tongue Lizard Husbandry Guidelines
Atcheson, T. (2009).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Blue-tongue Lizard Husbandry Guidelines
Johnson, K. (2010).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Shingleback Lizard Husbandry Manual
Titmuss, A. (2007).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Gidgee Skink Husbandry Manual
Jackson, C. (2006).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Xantusiidae
(Night Lizards)

Anguidae (Glass Lizards and Alligator Lizards; Lateral Fold Lizards)

Anniellidae (American Legless lizards)

Xenosauridae (Knob-scaled Lizards)
 

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Helodermatidae (Gila Monsters)

Gila Monster Husbandry Guidelines
Klaus Draeby & Elliss Oomen (2006).
EAZA

Beaded Lizard Husbandry Guidelines
Klaus Draeby & Sandra Barten (2006).
EAZA

 

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Lanthanotidae (Earless Monitor lizards)

 

Varanidae (Monitor Lizards)

Komodo Dragon Husbandry Manual
T. Walsh, G. Visser & R. Lewis (2004 - 3rd ed).
Contact me for availability

Komodo Dragon Husbandry Parameters

Richard Gibson (2006).
EAZA

Perentie Husbandry Guidelines
Ryman, R. (2009).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Short Tailed Monitor Husbandry Manual
Standen, W. (2008).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Amphisbaenidae (Worm Lizards)

Trogonophidae (Shorthead Worm Lizards)

Bipedidae (Two-legged Worm Lizards)

 

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Ophidia (Snakes, Boas, Pythons, Vipers etc.)

Anomalepidae (Dawn Blind Snakes)

Typhlopidae (Blind Snakes)

Leptotyphlopidae/Glauconiidae (Slender Blind Snakes)

Aniliidae/Ilysiidae (Pipe Snakes)

Anomochilidae (Dwarf Pipe Snakes)
 

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Boidae
(Boas and Pythons)

Jamaican Boa Husbandry Manual
Richard Gibson (2001).
Durrel Wildlife Conservation Trust.
EAZA
ISIS

Virgin Islands/ Mona Boa Husbandry Protocol
(2002).
AZA

Round Island Boa Management Guidelines
Ziegler N. (2000).
Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, Jersey, United Kingdom.
Contact:

Mag. Nadja Ziegler,
Marktgasse 62/2/9, A-1090 Vienna, Austria.
E-mail:
nadja.ziegler@usa.net

Madagascar Tree Boa Husbandry Guidelines
Kevin R. Buley (2001 - revised 2002).
Curator of Lower Vertebrates,
Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester, CH2 1LH, UK.
EAZA

Black Headed Python Husbandry Manual
Mann, C. (undated).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Woma Python Husbandry Guidelines
Gildon, S. (2008).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download
 

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Bolyeridae (Round Island Boas)

Cylindrophiidae (Asian Pipe Snakes)

Loxocemidae (Mexican Burrowing Pythons)

Tropidophiidae incl. Ungaliophiidae (Dwarf Boas)

Uropeltidae (Shield-tail Snakes)

Xenopeltidae (Sunbeam Snakes)

Acrochordidae (File Snakes)

Atractaspididae (Mole Vipers)
 

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Colubridae (Colubrids)

Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) Care Manual
AZA Snake TAG (2011).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

San Francisco Garter Snake Husbandry Guidelines
Wlodek Stanislawski (2007).
Zoo Lodz
ul. Konstantynowska 8/10
94-303 Lodz
E-mail: wlostan@doskomp.lodz.pl

EAZA

Brown Tree Snake Husbandry Guidelines
Fleming, C. J. (2010).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download
 

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Elapidae (incl. Hydrophiidae; Cobras, Kraits, Coral Snakes, Sea Snakes)

Tiger Snake Husbandry Manual
Mostyn, J. J. (2006).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Broad-Headed Snake Husbandry Guidelines
Morris, C. (2009).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

 

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Viperidae
(Vipers and Pit Vipers)
 

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Crocodylia (Crocodiles, Alligators etc.)

Alligatoridae (Alligators)
 

Crocodylidae (Crocodylians)

Crocodilian Captive Care
Adam Britton (updated 2003).
Available at web site (HTML):
Go here to download

Freshwater Crocodile Husbandry Guidelines
Manson, L. (2008).
Available at web site (PDF):
Go here to download

Mindestanforderungen an die artgerechte Haltung von Krokodilen in privaten Terrarien und zoologischen Einrichtungen. (German)
Jensch, B., et. al. (2009).
[(Minimum husbandry standards for the appropriate management of crocodiles in private and public institutions.) (German)]
Contact me for availability
 

 

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