By Stephen Jackson
Winner of the 2004 Whitley Medal. Shortlisted within the Scholarly Reference element of the 2004 Australian Awards for Excellence in academic Publishing. This authoritative quantity represents an entire and complete consultant to the husbandry of Australian marsupials and different mammals. Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive administration dedicates a bankruptcy to every workforce of animals together with the platypus, the echidna, carnivorous marsupials, numbats, bandicoots and bilbies, koalas, wombats, possums and gliders, macropods, bats, rodents and the dingo. for every animal crew the next info is roofed: Biology Housing catch and discretion shipping vitamin Breeding synthetic rearing Behaviour and behavioural enrichment The ebook presents an entire literature evaluation of all identified details at the biology of every team of animals and brings info on their biology within the wild into captive events. additionally, for the 1st time, it presents useful directions for hand-rearing, and has been widely reviewed via zookeepers and veterinarians to include the main updated info and methods.
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Papilloma virus is possibly the cause of papules seen in the webbing of the front feet of platypus (Munday et al. 1998). Signs – None known for cytomegalic inclusion disease, however, as mentioned above, papules found in the webbing of the front feet of platypus appear to be caused by a papilloma virus (Munday et al. 1998). Diagnosis – Biopsy for papilloma virus and post mortem histopathology (R. Booth pers. ). Treatment – None needed. Prevention – Not known from captive animals. Platypus 9. 1 Activity In the wild platypus are shy and generally nocturnal, but can spend considerable time active during the day, especially during winter.
Have provided the only information available to date on the female’s rearing behaviour and the timing of various reproductive events. A comparison of the breeding activity between the first two breeding successes can be found in Table 5. 4 Grooming Although water is required for feeding, platypus should be given opportunities to groom by providing rocks or logs near the water edge or rising above the water where they can rest and preen their fur. 5 Behavioural problems Like any animal, platypus can become bored and display strong stereotypic behaviour, such as swimming to and fro along the glass, or escape behaviour.
2001). An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for anti-Mucor antibodies has also been developed (Connolly et al. 1999; Whittington et al. 2001). Treatment – If this condition occurs in a captive population, an antifungicide could be applied. 002 mg/L (Connolly et al. 2001). In the wild, it appears that platypus can recover from these ulcers as one animal was found to have well-developed scabs around the periphery of the lesion, another individual was caught three months later and had much-reduced lesions, while another animal had completely healed lesions consisting of bulbous scars 3–15 mm in diameter on the feet which were completely gone six months later (Munday et al.
Australian Mammals: Biology and Captive Management by Stephen Jackson