Animal Diaries Archive
Annual Health Checks
6 September 2007
Throughout the year many of our zoo animals go through a variety of changes, both in the attitude as well as in their bodies! Many species of reptiles go through a period of brumation, which is where their metabolism slows right down and they become very inactive. They can also stop eating during this time for a period of up to 4 or 5 months in some cases. During this time they can often lose some of their body condition as a result of this fasting.
This is one of the reasons it is very important to give all our animals an annual health check, as well as the continual checks and monitoring throughout the rest of the year. This can often involve a visit to our amazing team of vets at the Australian Wildlife Hospital for a thorough examination. As part of our checks we will also weigh the animals at the beginning and end of each feeding season so we can keep an eye on their progress over the year. As well as keeping an eye on the animal’s weight, we will also record other information like length and girth.
It can be very important to know the condition of your animal for a variety of reasons, for example you need to know if a certain animal is in good enough condition to use as part of a breeding program. Here at Australia Zoo we use many of our animals for photo sessions, animal experiences, extravaganzas, meet and greets with VIPS and media etc. so it is very important that we maintain all our animals to the highest degree at all times of the year.
Why did the two Boa constrictors get married?
Because they had a crush on each other!