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Posted by FroggieB on March 21, 2003 at 18:06:56:
In Reply to: docile? posted by Lizzardman on March 21, 2003 at 15:14:20:
firstname.lastname@example.orgIt is not really recommended. Many reptiles have totally different environmental needs. Also, each has itís own intestinal bacteria that are healthy for them but may be fatal to another species.
If species were to be mixed there are many factors that have to be studied first. For intense, the Fire Bellied Toad and the MHD are both from Asian countries. However, the Fire Belly gives off toxins and would contaminate the water that the MHD needs to survive and could cause the death of the MHD.
The anole comes from hot humid parts of the southern USA and South America. The MHD comes from humid cool mountains in Asia. Totally different environmental needs. If you kept your enclosure cool enough for the MHD the anole would suffer and if you kept it hot enough for the anole the MHD would probably die.
Also, even though many species may be docile they may not be when they are faced with living in a small space where neither can establish a territory of adequate size. You would also have to be concerned about them viewing each other as competitors or possibly even as food.
To even attempt to set up such a vivarium you would have to do a great deal of research to make sure the species would be compatible and then you would have to have a very large enclosure, probably large enough for you to walk into it. With out such research and space it is best to keep the species separated and instead of mixing species