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RE: Can an enclosure be too big?

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Posted by: python11 at Thu Oct 30 08:59:30 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by python11 ]  
   

Personally, I think the bigger the better. Just keep in mind they may not be as visible.

When I was at the Honolulu zoo, the reptile keeper there showed me something interesting. There are a couple of established colonies of laticauda (and at least one colony of guimbeaui) on the island.

One of the colonies of laticauda is on the zoo grounds. It is in an area no more than 10 x 10 feet, but is extremely densely planted with spiny bromeliads and other plants. The laticauda running around there were gorgeous and all ages. He told me they cannot venture far as they stick out like a sore thumb to the Bul-buls and other predatory birds.

The most interesting part was the density of geckos in this area. They must have established tiny individual territories as I counted no less than 25 without even trying. None of them were chasing or harassing each other in the 20 or so minutes I watched them. The keeper seemed to think the density of the planting and "the openness" contributed to their success. Lots of hiding spaces and spots to set up micro-territories. You may want to consider trying out a pair first, then maybe another female and see what happens - but be prepared to remove one if things get rough.
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