Evidence-Based Reptile Housing and Nutrition

Dennis Oonincx, Jeroen van Leeuwen

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Abstract

The provision of a good light source is important for reptiles. For instance, ultraviolet light is used in social interactions and used for vitamin D synthesis. With respect to housing, most reptilians are best kept pairwise or individually. Environmental enrichment can be effective but depends on the form and the species to which it is applied. Temperature gradients around preferred body temperatures allow accurate thermoregulation, which is essential for reptiles. Natural distributions indicate suitable ambient temperatures, but microclimatic conditions are at least as important. Because the nutrient requirements of reptiles are largely unknown, facilitating self-selection from various dietary items is preferable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-898
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Exotic Animal Practice
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Reptiles
reptiles
nutrition
environmental enrichment
Temperature
Body Temperature Regulation
thermoregulation
Ultraviolet Rays
Interpersonal Relations
vitamin D
Body Temperature
nutrient requirements
Vitamin D
temperature profiles
body temperature
ultraviolet radiation
ambient temperature
geographical distribution
Light
Food

Keywords

  • Enrichment
  • Nutrition
  • Reptiles
  • Ultraviolet light
  • Vitamin D
  • Welfare
  • 017-4031

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Evidence-Based Reptile Housing and Nutrition. / Oonincx, Dennis; van Leeuwen, Jeroen.

In: Veterinary Clinics of North America - Exotic Animal Practice, Vol. 20, No. 3, 2017, p. 885-898.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

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