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RE: Gallotia eisentrauti

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Posted by: Nino at Tue Sep 18 08:12:17 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Nino ]  
   

I must agree with Ingo that level of agression depends mostly on individuals or, maybe, strains. I don't have first-hand experience with G.galloti eisentrauti (yet ), but I've been keeping and breeding G. stehlini for several years. My original animals were bought as CB-s, but I suspect they might be WC-s, considering some tell-tale scars and missing toes on them. Although "breeder" claimed them to be compatible, I had to separate them (1 male and 2 females) several days after I placed them to their terraria (200cmX80cmX90cm) because of agression. Male was mildly agressive toward both females, and one female nearly killed another. I get them together only when breeding is attempted, and then under strict supervision. While females are somewhat shy and flighty, male (cca 70cm long with huge head)is also agressive toward humans. I received more then a few painful and very bloody bites during cage cleaning. I've began to use pair of heavy-duty gloves for that purpose.
Fortunately, their offspring are nothing like parents. I've been raising hatchlings (up to 3-4 months old) in dense groups with no signs of intraspecific agression. As John said, key to this harmony must be in regular feeding schedule, as well as appropriate type of food (good amount of vegetable matter in addition to insects). Nice pair of subadults that I've kept from my first clutch for future breeding purposes are very gentle animals which never attempted to bite, even when handled.


   

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