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Posted by Brian Macker on March 08, 2003 at 11:28:05:
In Reply to: Brumating? posted by Nicodemus on March 08, 2003 at 07:13:45:
:Is that still possible? I was under the impression you don't want to put them back into brumation if they already came out.
Why wouldn't it be possible? It's not like it is the middle of summer. We had a winter a few years back in NY with temps in the mid-seventies for an entire week in February and I don't recall any stories of mass garter extinctions. Nor were there stories of frozen garters littering the fields when the temperatures dropped again. I am sure that they are quite adapted to temperature swings.
They have been known to breed in the fall and store the sperm for spring so don't worry about that aspect. If they already bred there is no harm in putting them down again.
How long have you had them up? Are they under natural or artifical light conditions. If they are under natural light conditions I would think that their bodies would be telling them it is still winter anyway.
The only aspect that might be problematic is their digestion. Just make sure their guts are clear and I am sure they will survive brumation. My only concern might be the skinny one. Does it seem like it was out of brumation for long and sitting in a warm room devoid of food starving? If not and it is healthy it shouldn't have a problem.
Note that I have experience with this. The refrigerator that I was using to brumate did get unplugged and the snakes were up to 72 Degrees for at least four days before I corrected. I detected no ill effects.
If you are concerned then just keep them up and feed them till spring.