Originally Posted by Olympia
Wow.. Who woulda thought.. A snail. Makes me feel bad about crushing aquarium snail pests Dx
Heh xD I feel bad for my mother (she takes care of the 22gal); we've had pest snail infestations in the past and I've been so up in her face about not harming them... I'm biased, though. But I can understand the devastation a huge population of pest snails can cause (we lost a fry tank to them a few years ago, we were very new to fry though and it was partly my own fault).
Originally Posted by Laki
wow, thanks for the info!! That's SO interesting!! Who would have thought that D's parents would become depressed without each other!! lol D is fine all alone then? How come you kept only one egg out of all those clutches? Would you raise some and sell some as pets (since they're legal?) I don't know if they're legal here in my province or country but I know my native climate would kill them too if they like humidity!! lol Newfoundland would be too cold for them. I know giant millipedes and scorpions are legal. I think its illegal to sell the giant millipedes now but my sister had one a few years ago :/
It's my pleasure :). GALS can be kept on their own with no problems, they are more active in groups but D doesn't seem to mind; he's usually out and about when I get up in the morning and I'm always there to give him attention (they're a bit like bettas in that respect, they like attention and can be quite the attention fiends).
We originally kept 5 eggs from one clutch as it would be easier to rehome them (although they are common pets it can be rather difficult to find home for young as they are such prolific breeders when they're older) and two hatched; the first was "D", who I kept and the second (I can't spell his name but his nickname is "Pop") went to my sister. Pardon the comparison but hatching GALS eggs is like germinating carnivorous plant seeds: warmth, humidity, the right soil and levels of moisture and not much can go wrong.
I will say... once I went to check on Dawn and Dusk before going to bed and spotted something odd in the terrarium... turns out a clutch of about 30 eggs had gone unchecked and there were babies everywhere
. Whoops. This is the incident that sparked us seperating the pair... the babies look like balls of snot with a transparent shell - still adorable when they are out and about.
We were very blessed as someone offered to take them ALL in. The babies are sometimes used as feeders for geckos and lizards... I don't think I could breed GALS if that was a potential future for them LOL. We were reassured that the ones we rehomed were to be pets, not feeders though!
Part of me would like to breed "D" when he's about 3 years old so I can continue his bloodline later into my life. If I do decide to do that I would definately arrange housing for any other babies BEFORE considering looking for a mate... I don't want that same panic and fear as with Dawn's unexpected clutch.