Essential Books for Crocodilian Keepers

Alligators and Crocodiles

I have always been fond of the Crocodilians and have worked with a variety of species over the years. Generally speaking the captive husbandry is very much hands off, but during my career, I have had to force feed, sex, treat, capture, move and transport. I have never had to carry out any of these procedures in public and believe it is totally unnecessary to do so particularily if it is specifically done for public viewing. I hate crocodile 'shows'! Every one I have ever seen has simply been a teasing exercise. Nothing clever about it at all. Crocodiles CAN be trained. They could be used to demonstrate natural behaviours as part of an environmental enrichment exercise instead of rubbish we are shown today.

I was lucky enough to being party to the first European breeding of the American Alligator, an event which somewhat surprised me in that it was such a commonly kept species. I wish there had been as much easily available literature then as there is today.

I present a varied choice below. If you cannot find what you are looking for then try The Zoo Professional Book Store and more.

Photo by:  http://www.flickr.com/people/tm-tm/
Photo by: http://www.flickr.com/people/tm-tm/

More by this Author

  • An Honest Report on Bali Safari and Marine Park
    24

    Bali Safari and Marine Park is an increasingly popular tourist attraction for visitors to Bali Indonesia. Set in a lush and beautiful location it makes for an interesting day out.

  • Britains Rarest Snake
    6

    It is a common misconception that Britain's rarest snake is the Smooth Snake Coronella austriaca . This is incorrect. The rarest resident snake to be found within the British Isles is the Aesculapian Snake Elaphe...

  • How To Sex A Crocodile
    10

    Determining the sex of a crocodile or alligator is difficult to impossible by sight. The animal has to be caught so that the it can be seen whether it is a male or female. This article tels you how.


Comments

No comments yet.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working