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Health and Welfare of Captive Reptiles

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Captive animal welfare has benefited from various new technologies and a new generation of welfare-minded and better-informed individuals adopting more welfare-oriented practices. However, for captive reptiles, there remain many aspects that are grounded in and reflect a long history of arbitrary or folklore husbandry and advice, and reptile-keeping continues to be compromised by practices that benefit the keeper rather than the animal that is kept. This second edition of Health and Welfare of Captive Reptiles, like the first volume, contains a diversity of primary classical subjects, each hopefully constituting an advancement in our understanding of reptilian biology and meeting the associated needs of these animals in captivity. Some subjects, comprise miscellaneous considerations that, directly or indirectly, will have a significant bearing on reptile health and welfare. It is these factors that form the basis of this chapter. It is hoped that, at the very least, their inclusion may create or stimulate an awareness of other potential issues that may affect the well-being of captive reptiles.

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We are most grateful to Fredric L. Frye for his assistance with material on pathological threats and captive animal introductions and to John Grandage, Department of Anatomy, University of Cambridge, UK, and Ian Stevenson of the Division of Personality Studies, University of Virginia, USA, for their assistance with information on inheritance of acquired characteristics.

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Arena, P.C., Bashaw, M.J., Grant, R., Howell, T., Martínez-Silvestre, A., Warwick, C. (2023). Miscellaneous Factors. In: Warwick, C., Arena, P.C., Burghardt, G.M. (eds) Health and Welfare of Captive Reptiles. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-86012-7_19

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