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RE: Tank Mates??????

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Posted by: el_toro at Wed Oct 3 12:43:07 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by el_toro ]  
   

What it boils down to is this:
They don't in any way need a tank mate. They aren't particularly social and don't need company.

Sometimes a cage mate works out, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it works fine for years, and then suddenly something changes for no reason you can see, and you have an injured lizard on your hands. Sometimes there are dominance behaviors happening that we can't see until the sub ends up very sick from the stress.

You'd need to find a confirmed female. If yours is male, it can't go into a cage with another male. If yours if female, assume someone sexed it wrong and you actually have a male. One of my uros came to me advertised as the opposite sex. Surprise!

Two uros need a lot more space than one. If your enclosure isn't gigantic, then it will probably be too stressful for them. They need separate basking areas, feeding areas, and hides so they can each do their thing without competing for space.

If you do decide to try a roommate for him, you MUST have a complete second enclosure ready. You'll need to quarantine a new uro for at least a month - I've learned that one the hard way. You'll need it later on as a hospital tank in case one of them gets sick or injured. And you'll have it on hand for if (when) you have to separate them permanently.

If you aren't ready to have two full sized, separate enclosures, don't get a cage mate.

Hope this answers your questions!
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Torey
Eugene, Oregon, USA
1.2 Saharan Uros (Joe, Arthur, and Hitch)
3.0 Mali Uros (Spike, Turtle, and Tank)
1.1 Ornate Uros (Scuttlebutt and Shazzbot)
1.2 Collared Lizards (Ripcord, Thiamine, and Riboflavin)
1.0 Green Anoles (Sprocket)
1.1 Housecats (Roscolux and Jenny)


   

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