multi species (long post)
Posted by dave on 8/20/2015, 8:20 pm
I have kept green iguanas back in the 90's and absolutely love them. I used to run mixed species tanks (much too small by todays standards) with, multiple iguanas, geckos, box turtles, toads, and small snakes (ringneck, garter). The geckos as long as they are nocturnal,non basking work great with green iguanas. box turtles also work well. the snakes usually got eaten by the box turtles and the toads were a bad idea because of the toxins but luckily never had an issue. |
the multiple green Iguanas just did not work. a male and female pair worked the best but still the female was always less happy than the male.
so now I am older and wiser and wish to try again.
I have a hatchling green iguana that I am starting to plan its room sized enclosure for when it gets bigger. I do intend to throw a trio or so of large geckos, (maybe tokays) in there. back when I was using box turtles as ground tanks (a ground tank is what I call a non aggressive, slow moving, ground dwelling reptile that can handle being walked on by large lizards occasionally.) box turtles were sold for $5 a piece at any swap meet. now at $100 dollars a piece I am not sure if I will try to reestablish a breeding colony or not.
my real question is do you guys think my Cuban rock iguana and my green iguana could live in the same enclosure? for mixed tanks to work i've found its better if everybody needs different things and I worry that if the Cuban climbs or the green descends, that they are similar enough to consider each other competition? I am talking a minimum enclosure size of 6'x10'x5'.
what do you guys think?