Does the provision of enrichment improve the behaviour and welfare of captive corn snakes?

Burman, Oliver, Hoehfurtner, Tatjana and Wilkinson, Anna (2020) Does the provision of enrichment improve the behaviour and welfare of captive corn snakes? Project Report. RSPCA.

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Abstract

Our findings suggest that housing captive corn snakes with enrichment is beneficial to their behaviour and welfare. The snakes were observed using all elements of their enriched environment and, when housed with enrichment, were more visible, more active, spent more time at the top of the enclosure, and were more often stretched out when resting. There was also a tentative suggestion of reduced anxiety. In addition, when given the choice between the enriched and standard enclosures, snakes exhibited a strong preference for the enriched enclosure.

Additional Information:Report to be evidence for Impact Case Study.
Keywords:Animal Welfare, Environmental Enrichment, Reptiles
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D300 Animal Science
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D328 Animal Welfare
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:43619
Deposited On:02 Feb 2021 10:15

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