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Thread: brumation?

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    "First shed In Progress" vwsrcool's Avatar
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    when is the best time to start the steps of hibernation?
    2.3. t.s. sirtalis, 1.2. t. marcianus. 1.1. t.s. pallidulus. 1.1. t.s. infernalis, 1.1. t.s. concinnus, 1.2 t.s. similis

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    thamnophis puniceus Lori P's Avatar
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    Re: brumation?

    And, Ben, if you don't mind, I'll jump in here too-- :-) -- will I need to make them hibernate if I'm not breeding???
    Lori, New Hope Rescue-- rescuing equines and others

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    Re: brumation?

    i will be burmating mine for the fact it saves on my electricity bill and also food for a month or two lol i dont know if mine will mate but i hope so. dont burmate them if they are less than a year old as they might not be strong enough.

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    Truieneer, e ras apoat Snaky's Avatar
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    Re: brumation?

    Hibernation is not needed, but recommended. It's a natural cycle, so in my eyes it's better to brumate them, even if you don't want to breed them.

    I usually start in November, depending on the wheather in early of mid November. I start with 2 weeks not giving them any food and keeping the temperature at normal levels. After that I slowly decrease the temperature during the next 2-3 weeks.

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    Brother Snake GarterGuy's Avatar
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    Re: brumation?

    Not starting a debate, but I don't brumate any of my snakes unless I'm going to breed them. I've got an 18yr old PI King that's never been brumated and had a Manitoba T.s.parietalis that I had for 9.5yrs that had never been brumated. Those that I do brumate, I start "cleaning them out" in Nov., so that they can be put down over Dec, Jan and Feb. and then bring them back in Mar. or April.
    0.1 T.s.pallidulus

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    Ophiuchus rhea drache's Avatar
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    Re: brumation?

    last year I didn't intend to put snakes into brumation, but two of my kings just stopped eating and disappeared in their damp hides, so I turned their heat off
    this year i want to be a bit more intentional about it, because one of those kings had not cleaned out and it wasn't so good for him (fine now)
    "you cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus" Mark Twain

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