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Q: Can you keep rats and a lizard in the same room? ( Specifically a Blue Tongued Skink )
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tegan

I am planning to get rats soon and I was going to keep them in the same room as my Blue Tongued Skink but someone told me that this was a bad idea because rats are prey animals and it would stress them and my rats out. Is this true? Would i be able to keep rats and a lizard together in the same room? (rat cage on top of the vivarium).


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Member Comment 1/22/2018 3:46:12 PM

Nicole
I’m not sure about on top of the vivarium but I had 2 pet rats and a blue tongue skink in the same room for a year and didn’t have any problems at all. They were also in the same room as a few snakes and even the snakes didn’t react. Blue tongues are really more insect eaters, I couldn’t see a blue tongue going after an adult rat ever.
 
Member Comment 1/22/2018 10:21:30 PM

WastelandExotics

I've kept rats and mice in the same room as my BPs before; rodents bred like crazy and the BPs never refused a meal. Seeing as BP's main and only food source is rodents and they didn't have a problem shaking up in the same room as their prey item, I would imagine a BTS and the rats wouldn't have any issue.

 
Member Comment 2/1/2018 5:58:42 AM

Ratman
I doubt very much if a few rats would stress them at all being in the same room or even on top of their vivarium. They would not even be within their field of vision.
 
Member Comment 2/11/2018 5:50:09 PM

Hyp81

My rodents share my reptile room with the reptiles to no ill effect. Sometimes the bearded dragons try to chase the spiny mice babies through the glass. That's the only effect I have seen.

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