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Posted by Bill Moss on January 17, 2003 at 13:06:40:
In Reply to: Re: Buddies posted by TomT on January 17, 2003 at 11:12:53:
I think a lot depends on the size of the area that you are speaking of. The pond that these two were in when the photo was taken was about 12' x 6' with larger haul-out areas for basking. THese guys happen to be using the short side to take advantage of the Sun at that particular time of day. This was taken at a display area at a Renaissance Festival and was only used on weekends, it was an ususual situation for them and none of them really set up any terretorial boundaries, including alligators and caimans that were also in the same area. There was no aggression between any of them other than the slider was looked at as a food item by the 7' gator so we had to be on guard.
For a time, I kept a painted with this snapper in a smaller aquarium ( a 70 gal as I remember) and they got along fine for over a year. Then I came home one day and found the painted upside down floating on the top of the water dead. The snapper had disemboweled it. Since then, I've never kept anything with the snappers for more that short terms and in neutral territory.