"In this guide to the behavior of various exotic pets, specific chapters address a species or group of species in detail and the final chapters are a concise overview of learning theory, behavioral pharmacology, and exotic pet welfare. This is a great reference for exotic animal practitioners wishing to learn more about the species-typical behaviors of their patients and methods to prevent and treat common behavior problems.This is a valuable addition to the library of any exotic animal veterinarian or any individual who is interested in the behavior of exotic pets. It is the first book of its kind written by behavior experts with experience treating exotic species." (Doody's Book Review,
"For veterinary professionals, animal behaviorists, students, and those caring for animals in captivity, Tynes, an animal behavior consultant who previously practiced small and exotic animal medicine, compiles 20 chapters that discuss the behavior of 17 species and groups of exotic pets, including snakes, parrots, lizards, ferrets, rabbits, rats, gerbils, chinchillas, prairie dogs, South American camelids, hedgehogs, and sugar gliders. Veterinary specialists from the US, Argentina, the UK, and Canada address their normal behavior, including reproduction, parenting, diet, communication, and social behavior; environmental needs based on their behavior; and common problems and recommendations for management." (SciTech Book News, December 2010)
From the Back Cover
Behavior of Exotic Pets
is the first book on the subject to be written by behavioral experts, all with a wealth of practical experience. The book is divided into chapters devoted to particular species or groups of species commonly kept as exotic pets. The normal behavior for each group of animals is explained, including reproduction, parenting, communication and social behavior. The animals' environmental needs based on their behavior are covered to enable owners to provide better husbandry and avoid potential behavioral 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 in order to provide enhanced treatment of their clients’ pets. It also serves as a valuable reference for animal behaviorists, veterinary students and anyone caring for these animals in captivity.
- Covers the full range of exotic pets, including some that aren't covered in any other texts, highlighting what is unique to each individual species.
- Practical consideration is given to issues like housing and handling of animals.
- Separate chapters on learning, welfare and behavioral pharmacology are also included, all with practical applications for those treating or caring for exotic pets.