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Posted by Gex-anon on November 09, 2002 at 11:20:58:
In Reply to: Update on possible impactation (Drako)....Depression? (more) posted by Gecko2525 on November 08, 2002 at 23:47:06:
I think you bring up an interesting point regarding a VERY understudied concept(in my opinion at least). I personally think that all animals show various levels of intelligence(only we aren't always intelligent enough to catch it;) and emotion.
There are a few species of geckos that I have worked with that are known to live in large groups/colonies in the wild(Tropiocolotes and Sthenodactylus for example) that did okay in singles or small groups, but had totally improved appetites and showed more cool behaviors when introduced into a larger group. I think their somewhat deperessed attitude when kept individually had alot to do with them being very social animals.
I have worked with 4 different Rhacodactylus species at this point, and so far in my experiences with these four(R. ciliatus, R. auriculatus, R. chahoua, and R. leachianus), I have observed cresteds to be the most socialized species. I have even put males together for short periods of time with no conflicts and kept small colonies(1.3) together with no aggression ever displayed. I have also witnessed on several occasions in one of my breeding colonies the females mounting each other. I did take digital photographs as it was a very strange behavior, however they were lost when my last computer died. It was a strange behavior that I don't think would have ever been witnessed if I had only a pair or trio, but larger groups seem to bring out more interesting and wierd behaviors in them.
But I think that if any of the Rhacodactylus would show depression on separation from a mate or group, it would be cresteds.
Good luck with your girl!