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SSP/TAG: Cuban crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) DATE:  January 2006 

VETERINARY ADVISORS CONTACT INFORMATION: 

Name:  Zoli Gyimesi / Roy Burns  e-mail:  firstname.lastname@louisvilleky.gov 

Address:  Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213 

Phone: (day) 502-459-2181 (evening)   (FAX) 502-459-2196 
 

MORBIDITY (Significant illnesses/issues facing this species this year): 

No reported morbidity this year. 
 

MORTALITY (Causes of death in this year): 

Cause of Death     SB #   Sex  Age 

Disseminated sarcoma, sepsis   1  male  47 years old

Conspecific trauma, hypoglycemia  104  female 4 years old 
 

BIRTHS: 

Number of pairs recommended for breeding:  3 pairs recommended for breeding

Number of pairs bred:  2 pairs bred and produced eggs

Number of births:  0 - eggs laid but did not hatch (arrested development)

      MALES:  mother-reared:   hand-reared:

      FEMALES: mother-reared:   hand-reared: 
 

ANESTHESTIC PROTOCOLS (Please list successful and unsuccessful protocols): 

Anesthetic protocols will be included in the medical management chapter of the husbandry manual, which is currently under construction.  Hopeful 2006 release. 
 

VACCINE RECOMMENDATIONS (Vaccine reactions, new vaccines to be considered): 

No vaccines are currently recommended by the SSP. 
 

CONTRACEPTION (Methods used, successes, failures): 

Separate housing of males and females or destruction of eggs/nests is effective. 
 

ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS: 
 

NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS: 

Cuban crocodiles do well on fresh, whole vertebrate prey.  If fish represent a significant component of the ration, the diet should be supplemented with thiamine and vitamin E.  More nutrition details to come in the husbandry manual. 
 

NEW HEALTH CARE RECOMMENDATIONS: 

Will be included in husbandry manual. 
 

NEW SSP/TAG PROTOCOLS: 

Will be included in husbandry manual. 
 

INFORMATION FROM THE FIELD: 
 

NEW REFERENCES FOR THE BIBLIOGRAPHY/WEBSITE: 
 
 
 

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