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The effect of altitude, ultra–violet light, and humidity on captive reptiles

The effect of altitude, ultra–violet light, and humidity on captive reptiles WILHOFT, D. C. & ANDERSON, J . D . (1960): Effect of acclimation on the preferred body temperature of the lizard Sceloporus occidentalis. Science, N.Y. 131: 610. Manuscript received April 1967 The effect of altitude, ultra-violet light, and humidity on captive reptiles c . KAUFFELD Director and Curator of Reptiles, Staten Island Zoo, N e w York. US.4 Those of us concerned with keeping reptiles alive and healthy in captivity devote much thought to factors which might influence the specimen’s ability to adjust to captivity. We try to formulate reasons for our success and especially for our lack of succesq in each case. Some of these may be farfetched; others, decided possibilities; but all must be considered. Even negative answers have their value in eliminating factors that experience shows are not involved. For instance, it has often been suggested that reptiles of species restricted to high altitudes in the wild suffer from pressure change when removed to lower altitudes. I n more than 30 years’ experience with many such specimens brought from high mountains to sea level, I believe we can safely say that altitudinal changes have little it‘ any erect. Our zoo’s famous rattlesnake collection includes many http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Zoo Yearbook Wiley

The effect of altitude, ultra–violet light, and humidity on captive reptiles

International Zoo Yearbook , Volume 9 (1) – Jan 1, 1969

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Wiley
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Copyright © 1969 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
0074-9664
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1748-1090
DOI
10.1111/j.1748-1090.1969.tb02581.x
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WILHOFT, D. C. & ANDERSON, J . D . (1960): Effect of acclimation on the preferred body temperature of the lizard Sceloporus occidentalis. Science, N.Y. 131: 610. Manuscript received April 1967 The effect of altitude, ultra-violet light, and humidity on captive reptiles c . KAUFFELD Director and Curator of Reptiles, Staten Island Zoo, N e w York. US.4 Those of us concerned with keeping reptiles alive and healthy in captivity devote much thought to factors which might influence the specimen’s ability to adjust to captivity. We try to formulate reasons for our success and especially for our lack of succesq in each case. Some of these may be farfetched; others, decided possibilities; but all must be considered. Even negative answers have their value in eliminating factors that experience shows are not involved. For instance, it has often been suggested that reptiles of species restricted to high altitudes in the wild suffer from pressure change when removed to lower altitudes. I n more than 30 years’ experience with many such specimens brought from high mountains to sea level, I believe we can safely say that altitudinal changes have little it‘ any erect. Our zoo’s famous rattlesnake collection includes many

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International Zoo YearbookWiley

Published: Jan 1, 1969

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