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Posted by Nicodemus on March 08, 2003 at 16:49:29:

In Reply to: Re: Brumating? posted by Brian Macker on March 08, 2003 at 11:28:05:

::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.

Fair enough. I'll try it.

: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.

They are actually in my classroom being heated with a UTH only, no heat lamps. So what I've been doing is leaving my shades open to give them the light cycle.
So yeah, they should know its winter.


: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.

Yeah, my guess it was awake for a while (it was the first one I got). Also, while watching them eat the other day, the slightly bigger one was stealing fish out of its mouth 9after a big tussle of course). What I figure I'll do is put the fatter ones in a separate tank and keep the skinny one awake til spring.


Thanks for the help!





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