Behavior of Exotic Pets

Behavior of Exotic Pets is the first book on the subject to be written by behavioral experts, all with a wealth of practical experience. Divided into species-specific chapters, the book explains the normal behavior for each group of animals, including reproduction, parenting, communication and social behavior. The book also addresses animals’ environmental needs based on their behavior to enable owners to provide better husbandry and avoid potential problems. Descriptions of common behavioral problems are included, with practical recommendations for their treatment or management.

This text is essential for any veterinary professional who would like to improve their knowledge of exotic animal behavior. It also serves as a valuable reference for animal behaviorists, exotic animal veterinarians, veterinary students, and anyone caring for these animals in captivity.

  • The first and only book on exotic pet behavior written by behaviorists
  • Covers a wide range of exotic pet species
  • Discusses methods for treating and managing common behavioral problems
  • Offers practical advice on topics such as housing and handling of animals
  • Includes separate chapters on learning, welfare, and behavioral pharmacology
Table of Contents

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 Verónica 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

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