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Social Husbandry
Group Housing (same reptile species)

The methods outlined in this section relate to the means of controlling breeding, and providing interaction and social stimulation, including the use of group housing, both of the same species and of different species together, and movements of individuals or groups into different environments.

Group Housing (same reptile species)

Method Group Housing (same reptile species).
Species Social Lizards, for example, Uromastyx spp, Anolis spp.
Purpose Provide normal social grouping, improve breeding success and reduce boredom.
Pro Some species require social group interaction to stimulate breeding.
Con Don’t always know details of social structure in the wild, and even if structure is known, it is not always possible to recreate it in a zoo.
Improvements Variations occur between species, for example, some require presence of a second male before mating takes place, while others require several females.
Comments Introduction should be gradual, with constant observation. Must be sure one species is not over-dominant, and that they cannot interbreed. The enclosure should also meet each species needs, dietary differences or competition being catered for.
Frequency of Use Constant (separate for hibernation).
Ratings Usefulness 9
Convenience 8
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 8
Contributed By Reptile Section

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