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Posted by Chris Koester on May 28, 2002 at 20:18:13:
In Reply to: don't gilas like to dig? posted by lawlor on May 28, 2002 at 18:59:04:
A Vision cage sure the hell isn't the Sonoran desert either, but we do what we can. :)
Actually a hide box is a very reasonable approximation of a burrow, and here's why: Gilas certainly do spend a lot of time in burrows in the wild, but not burrows they've dug themselves. The burrows they utilize are typically those that have been created by other creatures - desert tortoises, rodents, etc. You needn't spend years in the field to come to this conclusion either; a quick glance at their short, unremarkably muscular legs and relatively fine claws (compare to classic burrowers such as armadillos or tortoises) reveals that it's not likely that they dig too many burrows in the wild. :)