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Cohabbing Misfortunes.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:13 AM   #21
My two hatchlings were in a 4 foot by 16" cage and I STILL had a problem.
Old 07-26-2011, 12:43 PM   #22
I'm starting to love this thread! Everybody is sharing, sometimes disagreeing, but no attacking and namecalling at all. That's so great!

I do agree that this can be a very useful thread to refer to the next time a new member asks about cohabbing. At least everything is in one place.
There are lots of downpoints in cohabbing, most of them because it's done without some good sense. And I think most here agree at the least that it should not be suggested to newbies as a good thing.
For the rest, opinions are different and always will be.
I myself have a few that I cohab most of the year. Individuals I have kept quite some time alone (as you should in quarantaine when you get them of course) and I know their 'normal' behaviour. I believe I mentioned it somewhere before: one of them I tried to cohab and it didn't work out. He didn't regurge, he didn't go off food, he didn't get sick. But his behaviour change was subtle but obvious if you looked for it. Had I left him there, I guess I would have gotten to those problems, but I'm not trying that out. He is in a viv alone, not to be tried to cohab again.
I have vivs for all of them, to seperate when nessecary, but some of them I put together when possible.

There are so many things that can go wrong, and if you don't want them to happen, you have to have a very keen eye for everything. This I think you only learn to see when building experience over the years.

Maybe a list is not a bad thing?

** Cannibalism: mostly in hatchlings, sometimes juviniles.

** breeding too young: sometimes people are told they won't breed at that age, sometimes the animals are sexed wrong (mistakes happen!). Breeding at too young an age is mostly dangerous for the female, as it increases chances for eggbinding.

** Stress: this can be the cause of several problems. Behaviour change (like spending more time in hides), refusal to eat, regurges, shedding problems, sickness, ... etc.

** When an individual gets ill or regurges, you don't know which one it is.

I probably forget a few here...

In the heated threads usually somebody asks for the benefits of cohabbing. I do cohab some, so I can answer this question here: there are none for the snake imo. All the benefits are for the owner.
And here is where that keen eye comes in: when this is the case, and you (like me) as owner still decide to cohab, responsability is yours too. Don't think "oh it won't happen here", because then your guard will go down.
But it IS your choice. Just make that choice with all the facts in your head.
Old 07-26-2011, 04:35 PM   #23
I do think more space then being in a smaller viv alone or in a rack with less height is a benefit for the snake. Because putting snakes in racks is also beneficial for the owner mostly and done for the same reason (more snakes in same space) so I think it is a fair comparison.
Old 07-26-2011, 04:56 PM   #24
Originally Posted by AliCat37 View Post
I know snakes do not get attached to each other, but I think since they were babies they found each other's company to be comforting, because even though they were offered so many hides, they were ALWAYS in the same one together.
Just want to point out that it is a common misconception to think that because snakes utilize the same hides they must also "like" each other. Assigning human emotions to animals is something that many of us do, but realistically corns don't experience the same human thought process that we do of others of our own kind.

The snakes are most likely hiding in the same area because that temperature may be what their bodies need to do whatever it is they're doing.. digesting for example.

Try taking both snakes out, cleaning the cage, and placing the snakes in the tank at the same time. If you observe jerking motions, "sparing", and excessive pooping, the snakes are most likely being unnecessarily stressed by sharing a small environment together.
Old 07-26-2011, 05:07 PM   #25
What is sparing?
Old 07-26-2011, 05:11 PM   #26
Sparring is basically posture-fighting. Not always an outright attack, but the whole sort of "I'm gonna be top snake, just you see!" It can, of course, also involve 'real' fighting.
Old 07-26-2011, 05:15 PM   #27
Ah, there was an 'r' missing... I had two adults males wrestling together after one had been with a female for the first time. That was the time to separate them, now they both live in a smaller viv, separated. Both don't show any sign of post traumatic stress.
Old 07-26-2011, 05:32 PM   #28
The Denver Zoo co-habs. I think I might have a picture somewhere. I'll have to look. I get a kick out of being able to identify most of the fish and a lot of the reptiles now. I know that the cobras are together, but that seems to be a common thing. Maybe cobras are like garters and live in groups? I really don't know. I do know that the corns share an exhibit and don't seem to mind too much. I'll have to see if I have a picture though. If not, I'll just cart myself off to the zoo to get some pictures.

I was thinking, though, about some of the cage ideas I've been considering. One, for my four bearded dragons (2.2 no less). I was considering a "U" shaped cage much like a display case at a store. It would be about 9 feet x 5 feet x 9 feet, for example and 2 feet wide all the way around. We'll say it's three feet tall. That's roughly 54 x 30 x 54 cubic feet or 403 x 224 x 403 gallons (pretending we fill it all with water. That gives roughly 138 cubic feet or 1,030 gallons. That's fantastic for a cage and could possibly work for a few lizards.

My point is, with a cage this big, would cohabbing be "acceptable"?
Old 07-26-2011, 05:35 PM   #29
Well, some will say yes, some will say no.
Old 07-26-2011, 05:47 PM   #30
I visited a breeder a few years ago, when I got Sundance and Butch from him, and he didn't like racks at all. His vivs were huge, made out of converted wardrobes, with multiple levels, branches, vines..........and he cohabbed his adult corns in them as breeding pairs or trios, or in single sex groupings. He's not a member on here any more, but from what I remember he seemed quite successful with his set-ups. I didn't ask at the time what happened with his gravid females, I wish I had, but there were spare fairly large vivs so maybe he used those.

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