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09-29-2016, 04:16 PM #1
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Introducing Taiwan Beauties to each other
I have a large female Taiwan Beauty (8 feet, girthy) and a younger male (about 4.5 feet). I'd like to introduce them and have them living in the same habitat. How predatory are this species, is she likely to eat him? (Milk snakes being 'likely' to eat each other, and corn snakes 'unlikely' to eat each other if you need a guide).
09-30-2016, 01:56 PM #2
Of course they are best housed separately except for breeding, but they do not tend to be cannibals.
That said you must plan on them breeding if they are to be put together & she will likely double clutch as well.
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09-30-2016, 08:38 PM #3
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The list of pros of keeping snakes together (most reptile for that matter) is limited to saving space. The cons are numerous- feeding time with more than one snake in the equation is a nightmare and you'll either end up with both of them attached to you or attached each other. Something goes wrong with the heating in the cage your either loose both animals or double your vet bill, If one gets sick then the other is as well and if you need to collect a fecal sample for the vet good luck telling them apart. Even if she doesn't eat him she may still put the hurt on him. In the opposite situation if the male is the aggressor and overbreeds the female then that will take a big toll on her, even if he never actually mates her the harassment of him constantly trying would stress her out. On the flip side of that I believe its known that males who have constant access to a female can become less likely to reproduce if you ever planned on breeding them.
I know that there are a lot of contradictions above but there are a lot of possibilities and the sheer amount of negative outcomes outweighs any potential positives. If space is a concern then I would suggest looking into a rack system or stackable PVC cages. I hope this message doesn't come across as accusatory or rude, I actually used to house my three ball pythons together for a year and experienced a few of those less desirable events but luckily everyone lived, however it was completely preventable had I possessed the intelligence to ask hear first.