Study Food Preference of Geochelone carbonaria, in Terms of Captivity, According to Age and Sex in Goiania-Goias, Brazil for the Period 2009–2010
World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress Proceedings, 2014
E.A.S. Elisângela de Albuquerque Sobreira1; A.F. Alline França2; P.R. Polianna Ribeiro2; A.V. Alex Vieira2; P.J. Paula Jorge3; F.M. Fausto Miziara4
1Doctorate in Environmental Sciences, Federal University of Goias, Anápolis, Brazil; 2Biologist, State University of Goias, Goiania, Brazil; 3Veterinary, Federal University of Goias, Goiania, Brazil; 4Coordinator of the Doctorate in Environmental Sciences, Federal University of Goias, Goiania, Brazil
The study of reptiles is gaining more and more importance both for conservation issues, and by the increased interest in their use as pets. The tortoise are ectothermic, which requires special care when handling and bred in captivity. In Brazil, the tortoise piranga is probably the most chelonian that has been kept in captivity as a pet due to widespread illegal trade and cultural factors. Currently the mortality rate of this species is increasing more and more in breeding due to lack of knowledge about the nutritional management. The survey was conducted in Bioparque Jao, Goiania - Goias in the period 23 September 2009 to 20 January 2010. The animals were separated by age and sex. The method used was direct observation of preference as to foods of plant and animal origin. Ages and both sexes have a greater preference for fruits; the smell may be released by the sugar present in such a way to appeal to animals. Males have a greater appreciation for vegetables. The animal, referring to meat and dog food for protein, when placed are consumed with a balanced interest between the sexes.