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Posted by Les4toads on February 05, 2003 at 10:51:19:
In Reply to: More Hibernation posted by lisak on February 05, 2003 at 09:31:30:
:Just checking in about this hibernation thing. My 4 month old has been hibernating in his tank since mid Dec. He has come out a few times, but won't eat, so I don't turn his light on anymore when he comes out, just give him some water. How do I know when it's time to turn his light on again? When he does come out now, he's very inactive and buries himself again pretty quickly. I don't want him to starve to death. But I'm also afraid if I turn his light on, and he's not ready, it'll sap his energy reserves. Help! What should I watch for to know he's ready to come out of hibernation? Thanks for any help, Lisa
:Lisa, when activity increases that is when you increase lighting and warmth. HLs have been doing this for thousnds of years. They "key" on "signals" in nature and that is their sign that spring is near. Watch ant nests in the wild for activity. That is another "key." You must also be prepared for loss of the HL too. Not all HL hatchlings survive the first hibernation. That is just a fact. Lester G. Milroy III