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Individual Methods for Enclosure Design
Rock Burrow Shelters

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.

Rock Burrow Shelters

Method Long slate of rock, supported on rocks at the edges or corners, raised a few inches off of the ground. Reptile will burrow into sand underneath to excavate a hollow.
Species Gila Monster, Uromastyx spp.
Purpose To provide a hiding place which also provides shelter, shade, and a nesting site.
Pro Convenient nest site for egg layers.
Con --
Improvements Careful positioning of the rocks allows the reptile to hide underneath yet still be visible to the public.
Comments The covering top slate must be well supported to prevent it from crushing the animal as it burrows around.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 8
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 10
Contributed By Reptile Section

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