Uromastyx

Uromastyx spp. Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements In daytime, need a basking spot of 120°F  or more, with general hot side temps between 100-110°F, and a cooler side around 80°F. Nighttime temp around 70 degrees. Use a temperature gun to check for variation. Provide a pile of rocks under the basking spot, preferably also with…

Dwarf Crocodile

Osteolaemus tetraspis Order: Crocodilia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements We house them in a large round, with a magnetic drive circulating pump, with a sump,and activated carbon. They are cleaned and siphoned everyday, though being so small they are pretty clean. (Adventure Aquarium) Diet Requirements In the wild, dwarf crocodiles eat fish, amphibians, crustaceans, and possibly other…

African Giant Millipedes

Latin Name Archispirostreptus gigas Order: Spirostreptida      Family: Spirostreptidae Overview Giant African Millipedes are commonly kept and bred in zoos and are a popular beginner level animal for handling and programming. These are the largest of the millipede species. Known for their “thousand” legs, it is easy to educate people on all the misconceptions…

Asian Forest Scorpion

Hetterometrus spinifer Order: Documents Niabi Zoo Ambassador Invertebrate SOP – Asian Forest Scorpion Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements   Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines See: Temperature and Transport: Welfare Implications for Ambassador Ectotherms from AASAG Newsletter, Dec. 2016 If a heat…

Madagascar Giant Hissing Cockroach

Gromphadorhina portentosa Order: Blattodea   Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Zoo Atlanta keeps a breeding colony in a 20 gallon long tank. One side has a heat pad and soil that is misted daily while the other side is kept more dry. A humidity chamber (tupperware with a wet sponge inside) is accessible at all times….

Ring-tailed Cacomistle

Bassariscus astutus Order: Carnivora Husbandry Information Housing Requirements – Much of what is listed below comes from the AZA Procyonid manual Square footage is 177 with a height of at least 10 ft tall. Multiple areas/structures that are permanent or removable should be made available in the exhibit and holding areas. Multiple substrates can be used…

Serval

Leptailurus serval Order: Carnivora Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Servals are ground-dwelling cats but do enjoy resting in high places, such as hammocks or platforms. They have poor balance, so make sure branches or ramps leading to such places are fairly wide. Servals can also easily jump up to and down from areas six or more feet…

Cheetah

Acinonyx jubatus Order: Carnivora Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Cheetahs are not great jumpers or climbers, but the enclosure should either have high walls or be fully enclosed. They like to lie on shelves or rocks that are elevated off the ground so that they can look around. Cheetahs should not be exhibited or housed in…