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Posted by Lester G. Milroy III on July 11, 2002 at 19:09:57:
In Reply to: How to Breed P. Platyrhinos posted by Dillon on July 11, 2002 at 14:24:20:
: Does anyone know how to breed a pair of Platyrhinos horned lizards. Do you have to put them through a "winter" or just put them together. If I can I'd like to breed my 2 and release the some hatchlings back into the wild to help save them (this species is found where I live). I also need to know how to care for hatchlings. I was surprized to fing about 8 eggs in the enclosure and am currently trying to incubate them.
:Dillon, your thoughts are in the right place about trying to help restore populations but there are serious drawbacks; possible introduction of microbes from captive environments. There is a possibility of introducing bacteria or viral factors into wild populations that there are no defenses against. The other issue is that repatriation/reintroductions are major failures (95% and higher). That goes for many different genus/species of animals. It is best to hibernate the HLs for optimal success in breeding. Raising hatchling HLs is a major undertaking. They require ants, just like the adults, but some of the ants are smaller that the ones the adults eat. Lester G. Milroy III