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    Re: Randall the Wandering Gartersnake

    Yikes! Big time male. Body proportions including the head size really fooled me. What a large male. He definitely needs a girlfriend right away. Very nice.
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    Re: Randall the Wandering Gartersnake

    So sounds like we've got ourselves a bit of a circus freak here

    My son says he saw a couple others slipping out of sight while he was walking past a nearby drainage canal last month. That canal is usually dry, but I guess there must be enough occasional water to keep a population going. I might have to explore around there when spring rolls around & see if I can find any unswarmed females coming out of brumation.

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    Re: Randall the Wandering Gartersnake

    So the brumation chamber got moved out to the garage about a week ago. Temperatures are running 52-65F. I expect that upper temp to keep getting lower as we close in on winter and I've got the thermostat & heater set to keep it from getting lower than 50. After reading the recent discussions about dehydration, and noticing a couple times when peeking in that he was hanging out in the water bowl, I picked up some sphagnum moss. I refreshed the water bowl today, added the moss and sprayed it down. I'll mist it down every 2 or 3 days and hopefully that's healthier than just the bowl.
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    Re: Randall the Wandering Gartersnake

    Not sure the misting is needed as it might create mold opportunities. Soaking she take care of all the water needs.
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    Re: Randall the Wandering Gartersnake

    Steve, thanks for that guidance. I probably misunderstood what was being discussed about the sphagnum moss. (Because of the mold concern I was thinking I'd have to swap it out every couple weeks, which seemed a huge pain.) Anyway, if the water dish for soaking is sufficient, I'll not worry about the rest of the substrate. Thanks again!
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