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S. varius hibernation observation.............


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Posted by tgreb on December 30, 2002 at 10:11:00:

I had stopped feeding the varius about the end of September and had them hibernated by the end of October. One whole month without food and the first 3 weeks at temps that would be sufficient for them to digest. They have been restless lately so I turned up the temp to about sixty and turned on the basking lights for about 4-5 hours a day. The basking spot is about 85 give or take a degree. They all basked and pooped and I don't mean just a little one it was like a darn cow patty. I was amazed. I was told that it takes 300 hours for them to clear their digestive tract of food under normal heat conditions so I was a bit surprised with this. They all look very robust and healthy still so I will let them bask a couple days then cool them back down to the lower 50's until the beginning of February.


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