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I don't think breeding is essential for an individual, certainly not from an enrichment point of view but.....


.....just to add some balance to the thread - if it is the goal of all life forms to pass on their genes, is denying them this denying them an essential part of their 'purpose' on this earth?


Is denying them the opportunity to mate - regardless of what you do with the young because as far as the female (and the male) is concerned they have fulfilled their purpose in life - the same as denying them exposure to other life events, stresses and strains?


I don't disagree with any of the points raised previously - my point is purely to continue with an adult conversation.
 
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I have certainly not noticed any outward ill effect where an animal has not been subjected to the strain of breeding - I have however seen the adverse impact this process takes on the females in particular.


I don't disagree with anything above, nor indeed with you, : victory:, but following this logic then surely disposing of the fertile eggs/babies, who after all, did not "ask" to be created at the whim of a keeper, is denying them an essential right to life? :whistling2:
It's a bloody minefield. :lol2:

I've never bothered breeding mine and they've seemed ok. Even getting slugs stressed me out a bit though! :blush:
 
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