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Posted by Ingo on April 10, 2003 at 01:15:13:
In Reply to: in what case could mixing species be okay? n/p posted by ReptiGuy2000 on April 08, 2003 at 14:46:31:
Life in a standard herp enclosure is extremely poor in stimuli. No wheather changes, no predators around, always enough food, nothing moving at all.
Even though herps are relative primitive animasl, that does not mean that they won´t benefit from external stimuli. Lets call it behavioural enrichment.
Cagemates which do neither resemble prey nor predators IMHO can contribute a lot to this.
Of course they all need to be free from transmissable parasites, need to have the same climatic needs and the tank has to be big enough.
If these parameters are met, non conspecific cagemnates may even be a better choice than cagemates of the same species. Because the latter ARE competitors for food, territory etc. So for solitary animlas, cagemates of another species can make sense, whereas cagemates of the samwe species normally do not.
I admit that I mainly have mixed species tanks and that at the same time for some species the pairs do not share the same tank but are only introduced to each other for mating.
That works very well, my animals are prolific and I have several lizards older than 10 or even 20 years.
Hope that helps