02093naa a2200253 a 450000100080000000500110000800800410001910000200006024501130008026000090019352014130020265000230161565000090163865000100164765000120165765000140166965000120168365000240169565300160171965300120173565300120174770000180175977300620177718092162017-03-30 2001 bl --- 0-- u #d1 aPINHEIRO, M. S. aGrowth of broad-nosed caiman, Caiman latirostris (DAUDIN, 1802) hatchlings, fed with diets of animal origin. c2001 aThe study was carried out to evaluate the growth rate of broad-nosed caiman, Caiman latirostris hatchlings, fed on four animal protein diets: (a) dead poultry from a poultry farm; (b) dead piglet from nursery and farrowing house is a swine farm; (c) whole tilapia (Tilapia rendalli e Oreochromis niloticus); and (d) a balance mixture of a, b and c sources. Sixteen seven-month old caimans, average weight of 208 g and, 38 cm of total lenght (TL) were distributed in four treatments. Four groups of four caimans easch were placed in cement enclosures inside a greenhouse. Diets were supplied at the average rate of 97.8% +- 34.8% of the body weight per week (average and standard deviation; wet weight basis). Body mass and total lenght of caimans were measured every 30 days dor six months (Nov. 1995-April.1966). An analysis of variance with repeated measures was performed. Diets provide suitable growth for weight and TL (mean +- standard deviation, respectively): (a) 2,157 +- 743 g and 79.5 +- 6.9 cm; (b) 1,811 +- 222 g and 75.7 +- 1.9 cm; (c) 2,431 +- 780 g and 80.7 +- 5.8 cm; (d) 1,683.5 +- 736 g and 74.5 +- 7.2 cm. There was no significant effect of diet on weight, but diet effect on TL of hatchlings approached significance (p<0.10). It is concluded that all diets have good potential, in growth sense, to be used in commercial farms or ranches and for captivity propagation programs of caimans. aCaiman latirostris adiet aDieta aJacaré aProteína aRéptil aTaxa de Crescimento aGrowth rate aProtein aReptile1 aLAVORENTI, A. tBrazilian Journal of Biologygv.61, n.3, p.421-429, 2001.