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Posted by Dryguy on April 27, 2003 at 17:42:19:
In Reply to: let's get some thoughts going on this... posted by DeanAlessandrini on April 25, 2003 at 09:48:19:
A new pair of YT's (from Dean) is co-habitating until new cages arrive...Both about the same size, with the male being much heavier...So far there seems to be no problem and they DO stay in the same coil all of the time...
Would I do this as a routine?? Not sure..My inclination is to separate them as soon as the new cages come in..However, Dannio has successfully kept Dry's together forever with no problems...
Certainly would save on cage space...
I will see how these 2 react to each other and how they feed...My suspiscion is one will be a reluctant feeder when co-habitating..I've found this in many other snakes(larger Kings, Pines) Separate them and they are eating machines, but together 1 will go on a hunger strike...
I would NEVER keep 2 males together...I think they would beat the crap out of each other in "territorial" dispute..
Eric, I have looked at the "new " site...I wonder how long it will last?? I'll post something there for grins and keep checking in...Freedom of speech is great, but participants must remain "adult" in their discussions to keep me around..I've already seen 1 guy post several items that are less then "proper"...I'm talking about being professional and still having fun...Some people just don't know how to do that...But I'll lurk around and watch..Carl
:I know we have all agreed (for the most part) that it is always best to house Dry’s separately. I also know there are a few of us (dannio is one I know for sure) who had good luck housing more than one together.
:I’m very big on LARGE cages for my adult Dry’s. I use 6’-7’ cages for all my adults. After getting in a couple new adults recently, I temporarily decided to put 2 large adult females (these are yellowtails, FYI) together in one of the large cages until I found time to build a new cage. These snakes are very similar in size I have been separating them to feed. (one stays in the cage and the other gets put into a clean trash can to feed). They have been doing just fine, and neither has ever shown any aggression toward the other…honestly they don’t even seem to notice the other is there.
:Now…considering the SPACE requirements of these large cages, this situation couldn’t help but start the wheels turning just a bit here.
:I’m starting to think. MAYBE…if they are:
:- Adult snakes that are VERY close to the same size
:- Both females
:- Good feeders and not too prone to nerves
:…That they may be ok to house 2 snakes together long term if the cage is very spacious.
:I could certainly maintain a larger group of females in less space this way while still providing a lot of room for the snakes. They really don’t seem to mind one another. I just hope I’m not asking for trouble one day if one decides it’s very hungry.
:FYI…I’d NEVER consider or recommend even TRYING TEMPORARILY housing multiple males, mixed sexes (except during breeding), or snakes if dissimilar size…you are just asking for big trouble there. I would never try it with juvies either just because they are so nervous…
:Is anyone else doing this?
:Thoughts everyone ??