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Posted by MiserMike on March 20, 2003 at 15:05:31:
In Reply to: Re: Snapping turtles mixed with other turtles posted by hraaij on March 19, 2003 at 09:25:20:
:In a local reptile zoo over here they keep 3 commen snappers (20")together and they seem alright...
Unfortunately, too many reptile zoos take chances they shouldn't, and if something goes wrong, they just clean up the mess and replace the victim. Their inmates are somewhere between scenery and livestock, not beloved pets. [Now don't everybody jump on me about the places that DO care about their animals. We all know the crummy kind are out there.]
Keeping snappers together is like unprotected sex: you can take the chance and get away with it, sometimes for quite a long while. But sooner or later you're gonna get caught. In a full-natural setting, like a small lake, snappers probably don't feed on other turtles, but in any container, they're just too close, and can't flee far enough. Parasites are a much bigger problem in / on captive herps than wild ones for the same reason. True, herps raised together do get used to each other, and *may* live in harmony, but all it takes is one incident -- especially with common snappers. I'd compare it to keeping two pythons together. They normally don't feed on reptiles, like kingsnakes do, but if they were to grab the same prey item at the same time.... Now picture snappers arguing over the same food.