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RE: The Naturalistic Observation part

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Posted by: FR at Fri Apr 25 12:42:16 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FR ]  
   

Hi Kyle, The part about larger and smaller is about the same as a suitcase. The larger they are, the more you can put it them.
Which means the smaller then are, the less you can put in them.
how that works here is, The smaller you make it, the more accurate you need to be. As in no room for error. The larger it is, there is more range of conditions the animal can pick from. Therefore, we are not forced to know or be right. Let the animal be right.
So with my larger boxes, I can be dry on top and become more humid as it gets deeper. Which is absolutely natural.
This brings this up. They have a range of conditions that each INDIVIDUAL prefers. We know the some of that like, it must be dark and secure. It must have a certain level of humidity and within a certain range of temps. And they do have a range they "understand" how to work with. The problem with small boxes is, Do YOu understand those conditions and that range. This is the area that chaps my hide. Newbies want to start off as if they are not newbies. I will say, getula can be problematic, even with deep choices. Other things like putting two pieces of glass to they can build a nest between them can work for those indiviuals, or black plastic, It appears so getula do not prefer to place eggs on dirt. So even after you practice deep nesting, there is room to improve results.
Take Shanes report on his king laying eggs, it appeared to have deep substrate of the right type but his female did not build a chamber. So while it was good, it can be way better. How is easy, offer more choices. Please understand, I have nested thousands of females of many species, and I do not KNOW, exactly what each individual picks.
It should be like this, start with large nesting with lots of options, then as you gain experience, you can narrow it down if you WANT, but it never is better by narrowing down choices. All that does is put more responsibility on you. So if the nesting fails, do not blame the method.


   

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