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RE: Nevada Chuckwalla outdoor setup

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Posted by: Paleo at Sat Jun 29 10:12:09 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Paleo ]  
   

Thanks Gus. My set up was modified several times. I underestimated the jumping and digging abilities of chucks! My first set up was around 8" lower. 1 chuck leaped out and escaped. I raised the walls 2 bricks higher. Incredibly, 2 weeks later I found her back in the cage! She apparently either slipped or leaped back in. The other problem was digging, the soil is rocky but the big male spent a lot of time trying to dig under and my plastic only goes under a few inches. I decided to mix some cement with the soil at around 5/1 ratio and pour it a couple inches deep and out to around 6" out away from the wall around the entire inner perimeter. Sprayed the mix with water to harden it. It worked. Looks like dirt but is solid enough to prevent digging. The chucks no longer try to dig out. I have no top on the cage and so far no predation from cats or birds. One problem is the set up acts as a trap for wild lizards. I recently found 2 small desert Spiny lizards in the cage!
No eggs yet, but I have 2 females that look like they should lay any day now!....


   

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