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Author:  jhzgto [ Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:53 pm ]
Post subject:  Splitting baby rankins up ?

Hi Guys,

just a question to satisfy my curiosity and prepare me for any "events" that might happen in the future.

Assuming i had a few rankins housed together from hatching, at what age would they need to be split up ?

Assuming they had plenty of room, could they be kept together until sexual maturity @ 8 - 12 months ?

:-)

thanks

john

Author:  thelizardbloke [ Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Splitting baby rankins up ?

Hi,

Rankins are one of the few lizards that can possibly be housed in groups. The best arrangement is a mix of 1 male to 2 females, in an enclosure that is 4ft long or larger. In this way each animal can establish a territory and it reduces the risk of dominance. Hatchlings and juvies should be kept apart during feeding is possible (so separate food bowls are a good idea). The reason is that they get very zealous during feedings and this is when the tips of tails and toes are lost - not out of violence but eagerness to get at the food. Separating things out a bit significantly cuts down the risk and is why a larger enclosure is a good idea (it's also good because it saves you having to buy a bigger enclosure later, as they grow).

If you see signs of dominance, such as an animal that this not growing while the others are getting bigger, or missing tails/toes, then that's your queue to intervene but having them together from hatchlings often gives the best chance for them to get along.

Hope this helps.

Best regards,
Mark

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