As they age, unless kept in very large enclosures the male will partner off with an 'Alpha' female. The Beta animal will be ejected from the group. Trios do work but in large outdoor pens usually.
This is a species that will breed constantly if allowed to do so, at a great detriment to the female. She must be allowed to build back reserves.
They require a fairly high UV index in the summer months and a Brumation over the winter to do well.
These are obligate omnivores. They will and should be allowed to eat a wide range of foods from a little plant matter to vertebrates and a wide range of inverts.
I feed pink mice every once in a while alongside as much live invert as I can. I then use a mix of OmniGold and InsectiGold to further increase variety,
It may even pay to split the pair from time to time. We did last year and both male and female built back fats and tone.
A well worthwhile species to work with, I wish you every success!
But keep in mind that they will breed themselves into malnutrition if allowed
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