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Posted by Doug Beckwith on November 18, 2002 at 19:04:56:
In Reply to: winter cool down????? posted by rmouser on November 17, 2002 at 08:14:14:
:I have been reading on other forums and such that people cool their kingsnakes into the 50's for hibernation. Is this true? Also how would one do this (I live in florida and the winters down here usually don't get that cold)? Any info would be appreciatted.
While it has proven successful to cool kingsnakes in the 50's it's not mandatory to have success, depending on what type of
lampropeltis you are dealing with. Most getulus can have positive outcomes in the 60's where some claim to have much better outcomes with temps around 50 for the higher elevation animals such as zonata, pyromelana and some mexicana, greeri in particular. Mid 50's historically has worked best for mixed collections of lampropeltis.
Your FL residence is somewhat of a problem, one I am familiar with, as I too am stuck for now in the humidity, I mean sunshine state. There are huge variations in winter temps depending on where you are in FL. Tallahassee is a great deal different then my area, Tampa Bay, and is even more different than south Fl. What I do w/ mostly good results is to have a room/wall unit A/C on all day and mosts nights at it's coolest setting. That alone usually keeps it around 60-62. When we are fortunate enough to have a cold front come through, I open the windows at night and place a fan in one trying to bring in as much of the cold as I can. I have been able to get temps in the 40's on some nights. I close the windows during the day and put the A/C back on. I usually have no problem averaging in the 50's w/ this method. This method might prove problematic should you not have a separate room for your critters. Good Luck! DB