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Social Husbandry
Mixed Species Enclosures (Reptiles and Amphibians)

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.

Mixed Species Enclosures (Reptiles and Amphibians)

Method Mixed Species Enclosures (Reptiles and Amphibians).
Species Various, for example, Terrapin and Water Dragon, Chameleon and Poison Arrow Frog.
Purpose Provide stimulation and interaction with different species, and interest and awareness for visitors.
Pro Stimulation for reptiles that are visually oriented.
Con Risk of bullying or even predation. Even if integrate, group structure may change, resulting in bullying.
Improvements Separate animals normally kept together for a while, and then reintroduce them. This may cause problems in groups of lizards with complex social hierarchies.
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 8
Convenience 5
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 7
Contributed By Reptile Section

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