...quella che non esito a definire, eufemisticamente, una "pregevole" iniziativa dagli interessantissimi risvolti in termini di legittimazione dell'erpetocultura.
“Herpetoculture” Section to Expand Content
Along with a new name, our “Herpetoculture” section is be- ing redefined and expanded to accommodate a broader range of topical content. This section offers a publication outlet for manu- scripts involving amphibians and reptiles in a captive environ- ment—public or private. Subjects appropriate for this section include, but are not restricted to, the following:
• Novel techniques for maintenance and reproduction of live herpetofauna
• Genetic management of captive populations • Legal issues in herpetoculture and animal trade: laws, regu-
• Reviews of tools, equipment, technology, enclosures, etc.
• Safety protocols for working with dangerous species
• Policies and procedures related to preventing transmission of pathogens
Manuscripts that deal exclusively with veterinary medical sub- jects generally are not appropriate for this section, but consult Section Editor if in doubt.
Manuscripts, ideas, or questions should be directed to the Her- petological Husbandry Section Editors: Brad Lock (block@ zooatlanta.org) or Wulf Schleip (email@example.com
). All manuscripts will undergo external peer review. For detailed in- structions on manuscript preparation, please consult the SSAR web page at: http://www.ssarherps.org/pages/HRinfo.php
. When reporting on captive held animals, please also consider the Guide- lines for Use of Live Amphibians and Reptiles in Field Research, accessible at: http://www.ssarherps.org/pages/HRinfo.php
For authors whose native language is not English and who might require assistance with manuscript preparation, we invite you to consult SSAR’s Presubmission Manuscript Review ser- vice: http://www.ssarherps.org/page/presub.php
In addition to conventional manuscripts, we will also publish brief notes based on limited observations of captive animals. These can be considered analogous to Natural History Notes and should be formatted the same way. Color figures should be sup- plied as separate files. Subject matter examples include:
• courtship and breeding • behavior (activity patterns, agonistic behavior, etc.) • clutch / litter size • gestation / incubation • growth • age at first reproduction • fertility • longevity • feeding preferences / techniques • thermalbiology
Contributions are welcome from all persons who work with captive amphibians and reptiles, including zoo biologists, private herpetoculturists, and institutional professionals.