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Mating or Agression in P. Laticauda Laticauda

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Posted by: tazziesmommy at Mon Nov 14 08:08:43 2005  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by tazziesmommy ]  
   

I've been moping around the house since losing my female grandis and my hubby tried to cheer me up by bringing home a pair of P. Laticauda Laticauda. They are supposedly a male and female but I'm not 100% sure - one is definitely male, but the "female" isn't as clear cut. I have them in a 30 gallon tank for now with lots of plants, bamboo and corkbark. The male appears to be mating with the smaller, apparent female - jerking head movements etc. and she has some bite marks and minor swelling on her neck. How can I distinguish between agression and breeding behavior? If they were peaceful in a 10 gallon tank, why would they have problems in a much larger tank with many more hiding spaces? My male grandis is visible to the p. lat's and he still wanders around his cage calling to his missing mate. Could this be stimulating competition in the male p. laticauda? I suspect my instinct to seperate them is just an over reaction to losing my sweet Athena not too long ago. I don't want to seperate them if they are just doing what comes naturally, but I don't want one to get seriously hurt either. Any advice?

PS I have been unsuccessful in my search for an adult female grandis. Anybody have one they would be willing to part with? She would have a great home with a big cage, lots of love & attention and regular vet care. My vet said husbandry wasn't an issue in Athena's death. He said she had perfect weight, strong, healthy bones and nice calcium sacs. Very sad... I'm willing to pay premium $$$ for a healthy gecko.

Thanks,
Lisa
apollolisa@azwebdevs.com


   

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