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Breeding the American alligator at the Tulsa Zoological Park

Breeding the American alligator at the Tulsa Zoological Park Alligator mississippiensis a t the Tulsa Zoological Park CLARENCE WRIGHT, JR Supervisor of Reptiles and Amphibians, Tulsa Zoological Park, 5701 E 36th St N, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115. USA Over the past 40 years American alligators Alligator mississippiensis at the Tulsa Zoological Park have been housed in an outdoor oval exhibit with three half-moon pits, where a variety of crocodilians and turtles have been displayed (Fig. 1). Until recent years little attempt had been made to encourage the animals to breed and although eggs had been laid they were all infertile. The alligator exhibit measures 6 . 6 x 15.14 m overall, with the pool measuring 3.65 x 15.14 x 0 . 6 m deep. An open passageway from the pool to a nesting area measures 0 * 91 x 3 . 0 x 1 .2 m high, and the nesting area itself is 8 . 4 x 3 * 3 m. The animals are fed on Nebraska Brand Feline Food, each receiving 2.25 kg per feed twice weekly. No supplements are added. The diet is rolled into balls, the size of the portion depending on the size of the alligator, and an animal can be trained to raise http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

Breeding the American alligator at the Tulsa Zoological Park

International Zoo Yearbook , Volume 21 (1) – Jan 1, 1981

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 1981 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0074-9664
eISSN
1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1981.tb01948.x
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Alligator mississippiensis a t the Tulsa Zoological Park CLARENCE WRIGHT, JR Supervisor of Reptiles and Amphibians, Tulsa Zoological Park, 5701 E 36th St N, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74115. USA Over the past 40 years American alligators Alligator mississippiensis at the Tulsa Zoological Park have been housed in an outdoor oval exhibit with three half-moon pits, where a variety of crocodilians and turtles have been displayed (Fig. 1). Until recent years little attempt had been made to encourage the animals to breed and although eggs had been laid they were all infertile. The alligator exhibit measures 6 . 6 x 15.14 m overall, with the pool measuring 3.65 x 15.14 x 0 . 6 m deep. An open passageway from the pool to a nesting area measures 0 * 91 x 3 . 0 x 1 .2 m high, and the nesting area itself is 8 . 4 x 3 * 3 m. The animals are fed on Nebraska Brand Feline Food, each receiving 2.25 kg per feed twice weekly. No supplements are added. The diet is rolled into balls, the size of the portion depending on the size of the alligator, and an animal can be trained to raise

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1981

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