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Behavior of Exotic Pets


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Contributors vii Foreword ix Acknowledgments xii Dedication xiii Chapter 1 Psittacines 1 Lynn M. Seibert and Wailani Sung Chapter 2 Passerines 12 Wailani Sung Chapter 3 Snakes 21 Heather Mohan-Gibbons and Paul Raiti Chapter 4 Turtles, tortoises, and terrapins 33 Heather Mohan-Gibbons and Terry Norton Chapter 5 Lizards 44 Paul M. Gibbons and Heather Mohan-Gibbons Chapter 6 Ferrets 59 Megan J. Bulloch and Valarie V. Tynes Chapter 7 Rabbits 69 Sharon L. Crowell-Davis Chapter 8 Guinea pigs 78 YeunShin Lee Chapter 9 The mouse 91 Naomi Latham Chapter 10 Rats 104 Anne Fullerton Hanson and Manuel Berdoy Chapter 11 Gerbils 117 A. Dawn Faircloth Parker and Valarie V. Tynes Chapter 12 Hamsters 127 Julia Albright and Ricardo de Matos Chapter 13 Chinchillas 138 Jennifer L. Sobie Chapter 14 Prairie dogs 148 Debra M. Shier Chapter 15 South American camelids 157 Marcelo Alfredo Aba, Carolina Bianchi, and Veronica Cavilla Chapter 16 Hedgehogs 168 Valarie V. Tynes Chapter 17 Sugar gliders 181 Jennifer L. Sobie Chapter 18 From parrots to pigs to pythons: Universal principles and procedures of learning 190 Susan G. Friedman and Lore I. Haug Chapter 19 Behavioral pharmacology in exotic pets 206 Lynne M. Seibert Chapter 20 Welfare of exotic animals in captivity 215 Paul E. Honess and Sarah E. Wolfensohn Index 225

About the Author

Valarie V. Tynes DVM, Dipl. ACVB, is an Animal Behavior Consultant based in Texas. She gained her Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2003 following a three year residency at the University of California Davis. She previously practiced small and exotic animal medicine for almost 15 years before specializing. Valarie frequently speaks at veterinary continuing education courses and writes for several different veterinary journals. Her particular area of interest is exotic animals.


"In this guide to the behavior of various exotic pets, specificchapters address a species or group of species in detail and thefinal chapters are a concise overview of learning theory,behavioral pharmacology, and exotic pet welfare. This is a greatreference for exotic animal practitioners wishing to learn moreabout the species-typical behaviors of their patients and methodsto prevent and treat common behavior problems.This is a valuableaddition to the library of any exotic animal veterinarian or anyindividual who is interested in the behavior of exotic pets. It isthe first book of its kind written by behavior experts withexperience treating exotic species." ( Doody's BookReview, 2011) "For veterinary professionals, animal behaviorists, students,and those caring for animals in captivity, Tynes, an animalbehavior consultant who previously practiced small and exoticanimal medicine, compiles 20 chapters that discuss the behavior of17 species and groups of exotic pets, including snakes, parrots,lizards, ferrets, rabbits, rats, gerbils, chinchillas, prairiedogs, South American camelids, hedgehogs, and sugar gliders.Veterinary specialists from the US, Argentina, the UK, and Canadaaddress their normal behavior, including reproduction, parenting,diet, communication, and social behavior; environmental needs basedon their behavior; and common problems and recommendations formanagement." (SciTech Book News, December 2010)

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