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Posted by Gex-anon on November 10, 2002 at 10:22:39:
In Reply to: more on social behavior, and examples =)................ posted by mikecoscia on November 09, 2002 at 15:52:19:
I know those pics were e-mailed out to several people, so that would be great if she does have them still.
And yes, I would not recommend setting a large colony of say 3.7 cresteds up to everyone out there as you simply can't throw them all together at the drop of a dime and them get along. but if in a large enough enclosure and if the animals are properly socialized to each other over time, I don't believe there would be any major problems. And as Nick stated, two males raised together since babies get along much better than just two adult males being thrown together. I have experienced this myself with both cresteds and leopards. However, when a female was added to the equation with the two male leopards, fights instantly broke out and the males could not be housed together again as upon introduction aggressive behavior began almost instantly. I have not observed this with long-term "paired" male cresteds. However, I am sure such things occur.
I do agree with you in that varanids(particularly the Odatria)are among the most intelligent and social of reptiles. But I have observed in the gecko species Tropiocolotes tripolitanus(often called Microgeckos due to their 2-3 inch adult size)social behaviors in large groups that almost mirror that of Meerkats. I will have to dig up my literature, but I do believe there are even a couple of snake species that live in colony situations.
But back on the level of intelligence, Dr. Bryan Greig Frye has brought up some downright fascinating observations on intelligence in King cobras(Ophiophagus hanna). I myself have witnessed the very intelligent look in the eye of a king cobra as well as seen some "intelligent" behavior in a captive specimen in Florida.
Perhaps me thinks they are a wee smarter than we would like to admit? ;)