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Posted by Jeff Judd on February 22, 2003 at 12:18:00:
In Reply to: HL not looking so good posted by EmilyT on February 21, 2003 at 21:52:42:
:My adult HL has been hibernating since for a few months but lately doesn't wake up at all even with handling. He doesn't move from the spot when I put him back in the tank. He seems to be much thinner than when he started hibernating and I'm afraid he's getting dehydrated. He was in the waterdish the other day and now it looks like a big piece of skin where his neck meets his chest is coming off. He had shed completely before hibernating and there weren't any open wounds when it was complete. The room he is in is rather warm,his light is kept off. He gets a few ants when he wakes up and is looking for them but he hasn't been that awake in several weeks. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Is there a way to bring him out of hibernation so he will start eating again??
Sounds like you need to turn the lights back on. In March you should increase the photoperiod to 14 hours on 10 hours off. offer food after he or she is allowed to warm up(an hour after the lights have been on). During Nov., Dec., Jan., and Feb. horned lizards are generally inactive so reduce room temperature to 60 F and adjust the lighting to 10 hours on 14 off or if their is no sign of activity they can be turned off all together. You should remove the water dish, horned lizards rarely drink standing water. Water should be offered once weekly by lightly misting the entire body with a sprayer or droping water on the nostril area with an eye dropper.