I love myakka river state park for so many reasons. for one, the water and trails are teeming with wildlife. 😍 to see more photos from this park and learn more about this awesome place, tap the link in my bio.
2 weeks ago
These past few weeks have been some of the busiest of my life and now it’s finally calming down. so grateful for every experience i’ve had so far, including hanging out with these two. thank you @andrewgilhooly
It’s been a little over a year now that we’ve been working on training our 12 foot american crocodile, rex. using operant conditioning and positive reinforcement, @martha.rivera92 and @earthly.saltling have built a relationship of trust with rex. this training helps us to evaluate him closely during vet visits, allows us to enter his enclosure for maintenance without him being uncomfortable or distracted, and showcases to the public how intelligent these creatures are. it also gives rex an opportunity to make decisions, as all behaviors are voluntary. .
one of the several behaviors we’ve been working on you can see in the first video, “relax”. this cue asks for calm behavior. excited, possessive, or otherwise energetic behavior is ignored until he is calm and focused, which is rewarded with a piece of his diet. .
in the second video, rex is told to “go home” to his enclosure and receive a final reward, followed by “all done” signaling that the training session is over. this is important as we don’t want him associating handlers with food every single time he sees them. all the patience and dedication over the year has proven that rex is a very patient and smart crocodilian! .
(note the volunteers in the background are in a lockout area, not in the same enclosure as the panther)
🎥: @francisferox #crocodilians#operantconditioning#reptilesofinstagram#americancrocodile#florida #evergladesoutpost#wildliferescue#notapet#animaltraining#animalsofinstagram
Our adult female cuvier’s dwarf caiman. they are such impressive creatures, they simply demand respect ❤️
🌀 #tough day to be a #crab 🦀😱
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they are able to replace lost or #brokenteeth up to 50 times per #tooth and always have a smaller tooth ready to replace a #lost one.
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- don’t wait for change, be the change -⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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