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Posted by Brian-SFCRC on April 24, 2003 at 14:09:27:
In Reply to: 3.5 Asian boxes here and a question posted by Kanuck on April 24, 2003 at 12:15:23:
Southern Florida Corucia Research Center (SFCRC)
True, all things are possible directly mixing any 2 species from different parts of the world. The Terrapene carolina bauri and Couria amboinensis at the SFCRC have been together 19 years. When does the problem start so we can be ready? (I'm not trying to be sarcastic). It's true, initially you must take the proper precautions, but when all is said and done, these 2 species are perfectly compatable as the occupy the exact same Trophic Level. That was the point I was trying to get across-not to be reckless on the matter of pathogens. Diseases and resistence is always a good point to get across and thanks for mentioning it.
:I agree with everything you said about keeping Malaysian box turtles except mixing them with North American Box turtles. Definitely not a good idea. Pathogens that may be relatively innocuous for one species may be fatal to another. You may get away with it for awhile but you're courting disaster.