Remote monitoring of crocodilians: implantation, attachment and release methods for transmitters and data-loggers

Franklin, C.E., Read, M.A., Kraft, P.G., Liebsch, N., Irwin, S.R. and Campbell, H.A. (2009) Remote monitoring of crocodilians: implantation, attachment and release methods for transmitters and data-loggers. Marine & Freshwater Research, 60 4: 284-292. doi:10.1071/MF08153


Author Franklin, C.E.
Read, M.A.
Kraft, P.G.
Liebsch, N.
Irwin, S.R.
Campbell, H.A.
Title Remote monitoring of crocodilians: implantation, attachment and release methods for transmitters and data-loggers
Journal name Marine & Freshwater Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1323-1650
Publication date 2009-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/MF08153
Volume 60
Issue 4
Start page 284
End page 292
Total pages 9
Place of publication Australia
Publisher CSIRO
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
0608 Zoology
Formatted abstract
Crocodilians are by their very nature difficult animals to study. However, research on wild animals is essential for the development of reliable long-term management. Here, we describe methods for the acquisition and monitoring of behavioural and physiological variables from free-ranging crocodilians through the use of archival tags (data-loggers) and via satellite, radio and acoustic telemetry. Specifically, the attachment or implantation of electronic tags is described and examples provided of the type of data that can be collected. Our research group has used a combination of approaches to monitor the movements, diving activity, body temperatures and heart rates of crocodilians, including studies on the Australian freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni), the estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) and the caiman (Caiman latirostris). Each approach or method presents unique challenges and problems, chiefly as a consequence of differences in body morphology and size of the crocodilian species, their behaviours and the habitats they occupy.
Keyword alligators
archival tags
crocodiles
reptiles
satellite
telemetry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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