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Posted by Doug Beckwith on November 11, 2002 at 17:09:07:
In Reply to: too early to for a long nap??? posted by JuneBug on November 11, 2002 at 14:30:24:
:I have a 3 year old GBK who has been off feed for 4 weeks. I live in southern wisconsin and it is getting quite cool outside. I have gradually declined the temps in her tank to room temperature (~67 degrees) and I have covered the tank with blankets to prevent 90% of the light to reach the tank. I have a spot in my basement that has temps that range from 50-58 degrees and that is where I will brumate.
:My question is, is it to early (Nov 11) to put her into brumation for ~3 months? I would like to get her in there asap so she gets less active and doesn't loose much more body fat.
:thanks in advance
It is not too early to cool your GBK down. Assuming she is healthy the fact that she has been off food for the duration you mentioned means she is ready. It would not hurt to cool her down for longer then 3 months, say 'till 3/1. 3.5 to 4 months is not real unusual, nor is it detrimental in my experiences. DB