Possible chinks in the crocodile armour: Defining skin microflora
Crocodiles are iconic Australian animals. They are also the source of fine, hard wearing leather prized by the world’s leading fashion houses. The commercial crocodile...
Published: 1 Sep 2001
Author(s): Davis, BM
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The aim of the crocodile Research and Development program is to assist the sustainable commercial production of crocodiles in Australia. To this end, the program addresses industry priorities such as pelleted feed, husbandry practices and industry economics.
Commercial crocodile farming in Australia has largely been a by-product of captive crocodile colonies kept for tourist exhibitions. Tourists want to observe animals taking prey which for captured animals is usually culled hens, kangaroo portions or wild pig portions. While the industry continues to provide the opportunity for tourists to observe crocodiles at close range they are also taking the opportunity to educate the public about the animals and their environment which assists with the conservation message.