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RE: Diet, Housing, Lighting..My Experience!

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Posted by: KevinM at Sun Jun 28 17:53:25 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by KevinM ]  
   

Lizette, to each his own, and if you are comfortable doing it and taking the necessary precautions to insure your captives are disease and parasite free then all the better. HOWEVER, many folks have lost animals from housing different species together. That is just a fact. ALL animals potentially harbor parasites and pathogens that are absolutely non-harmful to them, yet deadly to other species from other areas that get exposed to them. I have housed a rescued sulcatta with my redfoot. I assumed the sulcatta was captive bred and mistreated. I took it in because it was so malformed and grotesque in the shell that I felt sorry for it and just wanted to give it a good home for the rest of its days. We named it Quasimodo it was so darn ugly. The two did great together, were housed in the same pen in the warm weather, and inside in the same pen during cold weather. One day for unexplained reasons I found the sulcatta dead outside in their pen. I was mortified and it scared the heck out of me thinking I may have transferred something to my redfoot. Luckily I believe it died of its malformities that were probably internal as well as external. Still, it gave me a scare for sure. Right now I have my yearling red foot and my yearling yellow foot together in the same pen. They are both CB and from similar areas in South America. However, I would not knowingly house animals from two different countries together out of fear one may spread something to the other, vet checked or not. Once again, not flaming you for doing it, and applauding you for taking the neccessary vet precautions to ensure all is OK. Still, others dont and I dont think they need to be flamed for their opinions on the matter.


   

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