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Behavior of Exotic Pets

ISBN: 978-0-8138-0078-3
248 pages
August 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Behavior of Exotic Pets is the first book on the subject to be written by behavioral experts, all with a wealth of practical experience. Divided into species-specific chapters, the book explains the normal behavior for each group of animals, including reproduction, parenting, communication and social behavior. The book also addresses animals’ environmental needs based on their behavior to enable owners to provide better husbandry and avoid potential 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. It also serves as a valuable reference for animal behaviorists, exotic animal veterinarians, veterinary students, and anyone caring for these animals in captivity.

Key features:

  • The first and only book on exotic pet behavior written by behaviorists

  • Covers a wide range of exotic pet species

  • Discusses methods for treating and managing common behavioral problems

  • Offers practical advice on topics such as housing and handling of animals

  • Includes separate chapters on learning, welfare, and behavioral pharmacology

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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xii

Dedication xiii

Chapter 1 Psittacines 1
Lynn M. Seibert and Wailani Sung

Chapter 2 Passerines 12
Wailani Sung

Chapter 3 Snakes 21
Heather Mohan-Gibbons and Paul Raiti

Chapter 4 Turtles, tortoises, and terrapins 33
Heather Mohan-Gibbons and Terry Norton

Chapter 5 Lizards 44
Paul M. Gibbons and Heather Mohan-Gibbons

Chapter 6 Ferrets 59
Megan J. Bulloch and Valarie V. Tynes

Chapter 7 Rabbits 69
Sharon L. Crowell-Davis

Chapter 8 Guinea pigs 78
YeunShin Lee

Chapter 9 The mouse 91
Naomi Latham

Chapter 10 Rats 104
Anne Fullerton Hanson and Manuel Berdoy

Chapter 11 Gerbils 117
A. Dawn Faircloth Parker and Valarie V. Tynes

Chapter 12 Hamsters 127
Julia Albright and Ricardo de Matos

Chapter 13 Chinchillas 138
Jennifer L. Sobie

Chapter 14 Prairie dogs 148
Debra M. Shier

Chapter 15 South American camelids 157
Marcelo Alfredo Aba, Carolina Bianchi, and Verónica Cavilla

Chapter 16 Hedgehogs 168
Valarie V. Tynes

Chapter 17 Sugar gliders 181
Jennifer L. Sobie

Chapter 18 From parrots to pigs to pythons: Universal principles and procedures of learning 190
Susan G. Friedman and Lore I. Haug

Chapter 19 Behavioral pharmacology in exotic pets 206
Lynne M. Seibert

Chapter 20 Welfare of exotic animals in captivity 215
Paul E. Honess and Sarah E. Wolfensohn

Index 225

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Author Information

Valarie V. Tynes DVM, Dipl. ACVB, is an Animal Behavior Consultant based in Texas. She gained her Board Certification from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2003 following a three year residency at the University of California Davis. She previously practiced small and exotic animal medicine for almost 15 years before specializing. Valarie frequently speaks at veterinary continuing education courses and writes for several different veterinary journals. Her particular area of interest is exotic animals.
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The Wiley Advantage


  • The first and only book on exotic pet behavior written by behaviorists.
  • Covers the normal behavior of a wide range of exotic pet species, as well as common behavioral problems and how to treat and manage them.
  • Includes separate chapters on learning, welfare and behavioral pharmacology, all with practical application for those treating or caring for exotic pets.
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Reviews

"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, 2011)

"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) 

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