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RE: CB Sudan Plated

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Posted by: Matt Campbell at Tue Feb 1 23:48:35 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Matt Campbell ]  
   

>I was wonder is there really a market for CB Sudan Plated lizards.

Unfortunately, probably not. They are still relatively cheap and easy to acquire from the wild, so it's likely they're going to continue to be like Green Iguanas, why by CB when wild-caught is cheaper. There may be a market amongst people specifically looking for CB Plated Lizards, but they would be few and far between. Also, I've been trying with limited success to breed Gerrhosaurus major for three years now and I'd have to say it's not the easiest thing.

>both lizards would be put under stress and also the babies

Breeding can be stressful for the female for sure, but probably not for male. Actual courtship is a somewhat violent affair with some leg and body biting on the behalf of both sexes. And of course egg laying can take a lot out of a female but this is not that big of a deal if she's well conditioned beforehand.

>they really do better with one on one attention, well i think so at lest.

Not sure what you mean here, unless you're talking about specifically interacting with the lizards on a regular basis. I don't handle any of my Plateds except to weigh them or when doing cage cleaning or other extensive work that would neccessitate moving them. However, though I don't handle them, they are not aggressive and will actually eat out of my hand, but if they're picked up they tend to be very spastic.

If you'd like to try your hand at breeding for the fun and experience of it, I'd say go ahead. However, if you're solely hoping to find a market to sell CB offspring I'd say don't bother - it's too complex of a process and the learning curve on getting successful hatches is high - not worth it if you're not truely committed to hatching them out simply for the pleasure of working with the species.
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Matt Campbell
Animal Keeper, Small Mammal/Reptile House
Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago, Illinois

Assistant Curator
Wildlife Discovery Center at Elawa Farm
Lake Forest, Illinois


   

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