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    Do hides need to be identical?

    Most people mention having identical hides in a tub set up, I’m wondering if this is absolutely necessary. I get that they should be equally comfortable on both sides, but it seems like my girl likes both her hides even though they are different. If she’s using them both, is them not being identical really a problem?

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    I try to keep them the same size. But some of the older Balls have one plastic an one ceramic. Back when cave hides made the tank look better. Snakes don't care about looks. Now, I buy hides by the dozen.

    Good luck!

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    If they are using both, it doesn't really matter. The important thing is that they are not choosing the illusion of safety over proper thermoregulation. I recommend identical hides to new people, especially when they are having feeding issues, because it removes a potential problem from the equation.
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    I have tried using a zilla hide on the cool side of my tub, and she did not go over there or in it, she stayed in the warm side for 3 days, so i took out the zillz rock hide, and put back the other one, thats pretty much the same, and within a few hours i found her back in the cool side, as a new owner to baby ball, made me fill great... i'll try again later on, wen she gets bigger..

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    Re: Do hides need to be identical?

    Quote Originally Posted by nikkubus View Post
    If they are using both, it doesn't really matter. The important thing is that they are not choosing the illusion of safety over proper thermoregulation. I recommend identical hides to new people, especially when they are having feeding issues, because it removes a potential problem from the equation.
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    Do hides need to be identical?

    This is a funny one ...

    I have some older Royals on vivs that have two identical hides in each .. then I know they’re choosing the heat range and not just going for the hide they feel safest in .


    Now oddly enough , I chose a completely different strategy for my four ‘baby’ Albino Royals ... all in wooden vivs like the others BUT they have a load of slightly curved, bark pieces all laid haphazardly over the floor of their vivs . The bark pieces simply create loads of safe , hiding places .

    The pieces get moved around and relocated when I clean the vivs out .


    Interestingly all four are absolute brilliant feeders and will strike feed just about anywhere in their vivs - even if they’re hanging from branches .


    The older ones will ONLY strike feed from within the security of their hide entrances.





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