Digestive Physiology of Crocodilians: Towards an Improved Diet and Feeding Regime for use by the farming industry
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Crocodiles in farms have low conversion rates from food to growth compared to those in the wild. Fresh meat used for food on crocodile farms is expensive to buy ship and store. For many years alternative diets have been sought yet little is known about the basic physiology of digestion in crocodilians. We propose to learn about their digestive processes by using recently developed techniques to study how nutrients are absorbed as well as establish techniques to measure the energetic costs of digestion. We aim to determine how growth rates of farmed crocodiles can be improved by implementing optimal feeding regimes and by using food that is absorbed more efficiently.