Tag Archives: Central America

Moon Crab

Moon Crab  Latin Name Gecarcinus quadratus Order: Decapoda Family: Gecarcinidae The common name “moon crab” is sometimes used for other Gecarcinus species or crabs in the genus Cardisoma. G. quadratus is also commonly known as the Halloween crab.  Overview  As one of the most surprising, yet familiar arthropod species, land crabs can make very good ambassadors – but they can’t

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Green-winged Macaw

Green-winged Macaw Ara chloroptera Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Contact the Parrot TAG for availability of macaws through AZA facilities. Macaws do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned makes for a healthier individual

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Poison dart frogs (Green & Black)

Poison Dart Frogs (Green & Black) Dendrobates auratus         Order:    Anura        Family: Dendrobatidae Overview Green and Black poison dart frogs are relatively easy to care for and have many programming messages, making them a wonderful addition to an ambassador team. At Akron Zoo, our frogs are set up in bioactive housing, which takes some time to establish. However,

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Boa Constrictor

Boa constrictor Order: Squamata Family: Boidae Related species: Boa constrictor constrictor (red-tailed boa), Boa imperator (Columbian boa) There is some debate as to whether Boa imperator (the Central American population) is a subspecies of Boa constrictor or it’s own species. See ITIS, CABI, and Wikipedia. Natural History Information Range and Habitat Boa constrictors are found from southern Mexico to north

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Marine (Cane) Toad

Rhinella marina, or Bufo marinus Order: Anura Family: Bufonidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat The native range of the marine toad (also known as the cane toad) is from the Rio Grande valley of Texas south to the Central Amazon and southeastern Peru. They have also been introduced into other areas, such as the Caribbean Islands, south Florida, the

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Cuban Tree Frog

Osteopilus septentrionalis Order: Anura Family: Hylidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat Longevity Ecosystem Role Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Life Cycle Natural History Relevant Information Temperature, Humidity, Light Cycles Substrate: Social Housing/Colony Management Other General Housing Requirements or Management information Diet Requirements Life Cycle Relevant Information Diet under human care Veterinary Concerns Enrichment Behavioral Relevant Information Environmental Enrichment Behavioral Enrichment

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Costa Rican Zebra-leg Tarantula

Rhechosticta seemanni Order: Araneae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements In the wild, spiderlings eat pinhead crickets and other small insects, while adults eat crickets, other large insects, and the occasional small vertebrate. In captivity, they are feed crickets every week, and one pinkie mouse or earth worm once a month. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony

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Mexican Dwarf Hairy Porcupine

Sphiggurus mexicanus Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Zupreem Primate, sweet potatoes, carrots. In the wild, these porcupines prefers fruits and seeds, but they also eat leaves and buds. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips on Presentation Touching Techniques Tips

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Tamandua (lesser anteater)

Tamandua tetradactyla (southern) Tamandua mexicana (northern) Order: Pilosa Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Lots of climbing opportunities and heat in cold weather. Can be great escape artists would do better in a meshed exhibit Standard chain-link has been used with adult tamandua, but should not be used for any newborn/juvenile tamandua as the holes are too large. Newborn tamandua can fit through the links and juveniles

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Nine-banded Armadillo

Dasypus novemcinctus Order: Edentata or Xenarthra Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This species has been housed successfully in 6-8 foot metal troughs/stock tanks with a wood and mesh lid. Built in enclosures such as Corners Cages would also work for this species. Provide a hide box and stuff with balled newspaper. The armadillo will shred the paper and make a nest out

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