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Posted by Brockn on January 30, 2003 at 21:50:50:
In Reply to: hybernation for baja herps posted by petereg on January 30, 2003 at 07:10:11:
From past experience I have discovered that, after brumating Crotaphytus dickersonae and Crotaphytus vestigium for approx. three months each under identical conditions (fluctuating temps. from 50-65 degrees F), several of the C. vestigium had lost some noticable body mass, while all of the C. dickersonae had retained theirs. Although the sample size here is obviously very small, I found this kind of curious as C. vestigium is native to the Baja peninsula at latitudes extending further south than the geographic distribution of C. dickersonae (Isla Tiburon and the adjacent mainland coast of Mexico). Perhaps comparatively higher water temps. in the Gulf of California are acting as a moderating influence on conditions (particularly during p.m. hours) in that region? I realize that this isn't the collared lizard forum (LOL); just felt like sharing my observations anyway.