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Re: soaking during hibernation


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Posted by spilotes on January 14, 2003 at 22:20:29:

In Reply to: soaking during hibernation posted by Gilles on January 14, 2003 at 17:41:45:

Before it was realized how important humidity was in hibernation, lots of herps died in a dry hibernaculum. I recall reading a paper some years back about increasing survival rates by ensuring relatively high humidity in artificial hibernacula. I've had thamnophis burrow down into the wettest parts of their enclosures while hibernating. So I guess my opinion would be to watch out for skin blisters, but let them soak as much as they want. Is their substrate damp at all? I'm not sure this would create the skin problems as it does in active snakes in warm environments. I would think that garters hibernating would typically find themselves in damp/moist surroundings.

Keep us posted,

Joe

:This is for those who hibernate your garters. I have a wandering garter snake. It is 1 1/2 years old. During hibernation it sometimes will soak itself for a while in its water dish. Usually this was for part of a day but usually less than 24 hours. Lately it was up to almost 2 days so I took her out of the water. Less than 9 hours later it was back in the water. Should I get concerned about (possibility of skin blister disease from constant wet skin) this or just leave her be? How long before I get concerned and what should I do? Any body have experience with this sort of thing with their garter during hibernation?
:Thanks





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