I was on a venomous forum the other day and someone had asked why do snakes tend to congregate when housed together. No one had answered his particular question, likely because most are probably thinking "Duh, we keep the snakes where they will bask in a particular area and hide in another. With the optimums being in few and far between, they are forced to share." I, too, thought the same when I read this post the other day.. Chelsea today had pointed out something that got me thinking. I have a Thai Bamboo red rat. These guys are somewhat Subterranean, mine, almost fossorial. That is up until I threw in a Gaboon viper into his enclosure. Almost immediately, the bamboo came out inspecting his enclosure, actually since the addition, I don't think he's been there has been underground since. There has been no signs of territorial displays, no huffing, hissing or anything remotely aggressive or defensive. Chelsea was somewhat worried as this isn't normal behavior for this guy. I was a bit weirded out too, so I decided to feed them and see if they would take any food to make sure the stress level was down. Fed the Gaboon first since his hopper was in a paper bag. Stupid me didn't think the bamboo would also go for the mouse. He's the size of a pencil eating pinkies. Pulled the bamboo off the mouse that was also in the gaboons mouth and put him in a tubberware and he eagerly ate his two pinkies. To me, a herp that's eating and drinking is a herp that's happy. The weird part of all this is that the bamboo now sits next to the gaboon everytime he sleeps/rests. Doesn't go underground anymore. You would think maybe they're both enjoying the heat and hides however, I do not have any hides other than the plants. The gaboon has not moved from this spot since I placed him in the enclosure. Even waited for the mouse to get in front of his face before eating (normal gabby behavior) I also no not have a heat spot as neither animal is a basking animal and both tend to enjoy cooler temps (75ish) and same humidity for that matter. The Bamboo is literally "enjoying" the gaboons company.. So it seems. Just a thought I thought was cool.