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Posted by chris_harper2 on February 27, 2003 at 09:38:55:
In Reply to: FWC housing.... posted by arboreals on February 26, 2003 at 20:58:33:
I have housed sub-adult H. gigas together but separated them while feeding or kept a very close eye on them in larger cages. They swallow their food so quickly that this is not hard to to.
However, I was home one morning due to a doctor's appt. and heard a lot of noise coming from my herp room. I went in to find my sub-adult female had the upper jaw area of the slightly smaller male in her mouth. I'm glad she only got the upper jaw as I think it would have been over quick if she had managed to get the whole head in her mouth.
I quickly separated them but then she grabbed the male about 6" down from the head. This time separating them was difficult as the male would have been able to bite me. Fortunately I had some isopropyl and some cotton swabs nearby. I dipped a swab in the alcohol and stuck it in the corner of the female's mouth. She quickly let go and I was able to remove the male.
He recovered fine and was housed in his own cage from then on.
This was not a matter of the male smelling like food due a recent feeding as I had not fed the pair in 10 days.
I think it was a food response due to hunger.