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RE: T.Natans Breeding Q

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Posted by: caecilianman02 at Sat Sep 4 21:29:26 2004  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by caecilianman02 ]  
   

Hi there:

I highly recommend that if you are interested in breeding this species that you contact the curator of reptiles at the Toledo Zoo. Their colony of perhaps over 20 gave birth to a good number of young. They kept the offspring with the adults, and I did not see any problems, but just stay on the safe side. I am not going to say anything I am not sure of.
I was excited to see breeding activity and talked with some keepers about it. I do not work in the Toledo Zoo. In fact I live in a different state, but I still try to go visit as much as I can.
Ed, what you said about the parents eating the offspring is quite interesting. You may have unlocked a whole new door to the study of caecilian intelligence. The colony that I observed may have "known better" than some others. This may show that these creatures can make judgements and decisions. Some may learn how to do various things.
On caecilian.org I am pretty sure that I saw a photo of a mother caecilian beside her baby. You might want to check that out. But seriously, you may have started the beginning to a great discovery!


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