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Posted by Brian Macker on February 04, 2003 at 21:24:59:
In Reply to: Garter breeding Q - looking 4 info posted by herpconsultants2 on February 04, 2003 at 06:07:38:
I work with T. s. sirtalis. I don't feed them out of brumation until I get them up to 72/84 degrees so they can digest. It only takes me a week or to get them up to that. Then I feed them as soon as they are interested. Mine usually go back to eating mice when the come out. If you switch to fish or worms they might get spoiled again and not want mice. A little scenting can't hurt if they continue to reject the mice.
I still keep them in groups even when pregnant. You just have to have good sense as to when they are going to pop. They usually go off food or get nippy just before. Then you need to separate them. I keep crumpled paper towels and such in the cage just in case to give the babies something to hide under in any case.
I wouldn't keep five full adult snakes in less than a 29 gallon. If you do keep that many snakes in one cage you need to clean in the morning and evening every day when they are actively feeding.
:This will be my first attempt at breeding the beautiful group of tetra's I was lucky enough to buy last year. The 2.3 group went back into their 'normal' cage yesterday, and one of the males was very interested in one of the females. Hopefully over the next couple of weeks both of the boys will do their stuff.
:I am relatively new to garters and wondered what people do once the females are gravid. Alan Francis here in the UK for example says that he separates them until parturition. Does everybody do this? Just wondered, because I know not everybody would have (in my case) 3 empty cages to spare.
:Also, at what point do most people have their animals feed again after the cool off? After the first shed or before? Do they need any extra stimulation with say worms / live fish, or do they generally just start again without a problem?
:Anyway, I am looking for any info I can find. If anyone has any really good links / tops I would be very grateful. You can never have too much advice / knowledge, that's the way I see it.