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Posted by Gamera on November 04, 2002 at 20:24:43:
In Reply to: Re: please answer - hibernation posted by Bill Moss on November 04, 2002 at 17:40:00:
I think what Mr. Moss is referring to is called "brumation". It is not like hibernation where the animal is asleep for a long period of time, but with brumation, the animal's activity and metabolism is slowed down.
I think the main reason that most people brumate or hibernate their animals is to have a natural life cycle for them which will stimulate their breeding instinct when they are awaken thinking its spring time and love is in the air.
But skipping this cycle is fine for the animal too if you have no plans of having the sound of little feet or little slithering going around. You should never hibernate or brumate an animal that is ill or underweight.
And I think a water should have at least a depth of 30" for not to totally freeze over. But if you are using a big tub or tank, you can always throw in a cattle/horse de-icer in it and it will automatically kick in when the temp drops below 40 to help keep the water from freezing over.