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RE: Gonocephalus grandis...?

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Posted by: jobi at Wed Mar 21 09:10:50 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jobi ]  
   

These are semi aquatic lizards, as all water loving species they spend some time every day in water, therefore air humidity can rang from 40% to 100%.

I donít over do it with air moisture, all these lizards have a chance to dry regularly, they are submitted to a dry season followed by a monsoon season, I think the water content of preys and the regularity of feeding is far more important then spraying the hell out of them, its improbable they get any less then 70% water from insects, the rest they can easily obtain from an occasional drinking. Especially this specie as it usually defecate in water.

Sexing them at this size is quit easy, all you need to do is hold them side by side, visualise the head from above, male nostril are longer then the short blunt nose of females, I can sex mine from hatchlings.

As with all gonocephalus, these are display lizards that start going down hill when handled, they do fine and get real tame if you donít try to handle them.


Ps. At this point in time, showing these rare lizards on the net may not be the best thing to do, peoples have the strange tendency to get new lizards on impulse, they see something new and immediately ask there local shops for some. My Indonesian friend has been trying to keep this specie alive for many years now, he actually sent 1000s on the Japanese market in hope someone will get there husbandry down so he can start a breeding colony at his farm. 7 years later I am the only one he knows who hatched a few clutches.

Once your successful in breeding them novelty plays in your favour, the less a specie is shown the more attractive it become when available, I sold some babies $500ea already.

To each his own, only you can be the judge, I only offer my opinion.

Rgds


   

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