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Posted by reptoman on December 09, 2002 at 18:07:39:
In Reply to: Re: I have never kept any Granite spineys( or seen one ) >>> posted by JohnStyner on December 05, 2002 at 10:48:20:
:I'll take you up on that offer for an addition to my big desert vivarium. 1 or 2 of them whiptails.
:I always did liked them sneaky little toungeflickers.
:The unisex ones. I'll give you a call and we can discuss what you need me to do.
::It is hard for me to say if they would do well together. My pen is big enough that several different critters can survive together. All bets are off on the babies though !! Granites get nice sized and are very skittish( from what I have heard!!!) so they might do like the Blues I used to keep in the pen. They crapped out when put in smaller tanks. Now--would they fight over a cricket--- heck yes!! I got a pic of a DI, crevice spiney & Yarrow spiney jumping on one cricket. A full grown Granite might not back down to a DI. Ther could alaso be problems with the temps--- I'm not sure of that either.
::Just some thoughts
::( how about a nice young Chi-wa-wan striped whiptail????--an all girl species)
:You guys got to know how to catch these, I live close to Riverside and have been able to catch these anytime I've wanted. Here's the scoop, these animals unbeknowns to most herpers congrgate in south facing craigs or cracks of granite outcroppings during the winter usually during Christmas break me and my son used to noose them. Some times we found cracks that had somewhere between 10 and 25 lizards. The babies are usually closes to the outside, then the males and the females are usually in the back of the crack. This is just an observation on my part and not scientific but it seems to be that way the majority of the time. You can noose a couple nice males and if you can get to a female you got it. It's really not that hard. I am 100 percent sure that a basket O' Crickets would probably work as a trap. These guys like big food like large grssshoppers and moths. They make great pets, I have hatched the eggs in about 50 days on the top of my water heater. THey also cross breed with Crevice spineys. I had a hibryd batch of red babies that came from a red Crevice spiney they told me came from Mexico, the female crevice and male orccutti mated. They were perfect, the male babies had exceptionally red heads. My son eventully grew out of reptiles and we took them out to riverside and let them go and haven't had any for a few years, but I do hike out there and if your out at El Sobrante road and Caljco Rd. in Riverside there are alot of out crops, also Gavilon hills. There are two color phases. A dirty brown phase with pronounce bands and another phase that is very colorfull with blue spots on each scale. These are more common in the higher elevations it seems to me.