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RE: New To Horned Lizards

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Posted by: Cable_Hogue at Sun Jul 27 07:26:16 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Cable_Hogue ]  
   

Hey Mike,
You often talk about a particular ant species that has caused death in HLs, and I've heard it reference elsewhere as well. Do you know what species this is?

It's been my experience that HLs can do well with quite a variation in ants species, and that includes North America and Europe (not my personal experience). There are examples of cornutum in places like Florida, South Carolina, and I've even heard of one that went through the summer in the great lakes area. These are certainly not regions native to the species currently. Although it could be the case that sometime in the distant past they were native to these areas so they may carry some natural resistance to micro-flora.
Do you have any literature on the subject?

I don't disagree with you that even the right ant species from a non-native location might offer issues. I am all for caution when trying out new things, whether they be ants or other insects, as you suggest. It would be helpful if we could put a name to the ants/insects known to cause issues.
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