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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Egg-laying Sites

The methods outlined in this section relate to features of enclosure construction and layout which may be used to enhance the living conditions of animals, including the use of shelter areas, vegetation, viewing platforms and climbing structures.

Egg-laying Sites

Method Halved shells of coconut placed upside down over a plastic lid or plant watering tray (for frogs), wooden blocks with a 3 inch deep hollow in them for laying eggs in (geckos).
Species Poison Arrow Frog, Day Gecko.
Purpose Provide suitable shelter for egg-laying.
Pro Cheap and effective, coconut shells do not look too unnatural.
Con Wooden blocks look out of place.
Improvements Could use artificial material (fibre glass), which can be moulded and coloured to blend in better.
Comments Once eggs have been laid, they are removed to the zoo’s breeding unit to be incubated and hatched under carefully monitored conditions.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 9
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 7 (1 for Day Geckos)
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