Manipulatory & Play Objects
The methods outlined in this section relate to
the use of both artificial and natural substrates and items for physical and mental
stimulation, including floating toys, nesting materials and posts for claw scraping and
scratching to relieve skin irritations.
||Animals are given access to straw,
twigs and branches, grass, mud, sand, and scraps of material, or in the case of penguins,
rocks and pebbles, with which to build up their nests.
||Birds, Tortoises, Egg-laying
Lizards and Crocodiles.
||To allow natural nest building
behaviour, which is of great importance in the courtship and subsequent breeding of some
||Most substrates are readily
||Fermentation of rotting vegetation
can cause temperatures to rise within the nest (especially of large reptiles), so
monitoring and adjustment may be required if the parent fails to deal with it.
||Some birds (for example, Bower
Birds) will preferentially take colourful material to decorate with to impress
mates, and must be provided with a suitable choice of materials.
||During the build up to the
breeding season, must ensure that all birds have enough nesting material, or they will
strip the enclosure bare and steal from each other. This may mean putting armfuls of
material into the enclosure every day for about three weeks, until nests are built, and
adding extra over the next few weeks in case the birds modify the nest.
||Daily during nest building period.
|Value For Money
|Range of Users
Section / Reptile Section