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Posted by duffy on February 16, 2003 at 10:49:46:
In Reply to: Re: Accidental Experiment posted by herpconsultants2 on February 16, 2003 at 05:16:45:
Keep in mind that wild snakes will find a way underground where the temps are more like what we try to duplicate for brumation. Once you get below the frost line, you are no longer talking freezing. Yours found SOME kind of spot that was probably at least in the 40's. Glad to hear that it is OK. Duffy
:Yeah I read your post. I only asked because I had lost a snake in October. Last week I was cutting back some of the plants down to the snake house, and who should be under the vegetation, happy as can be, our smallest San Fran Garter!
:Now irresponsibility aside...please no comments...I know how bad this error of mine was!...I was atonished when I found this snake. There had been two heavy falls of snow and here he was almost out in the open. All I can think is that he had 'overwintered' under the snake house, where the temps are probably not too low, and that he was just out to get some heat from a brief appearance of the sun.
:Anyway, in the period he had been out, he had more than doubled in size (seriously...and he had stopped feeding prior to escape!?!?) and was no longer the snake that had somehow escaped through the ventilation mesh. He is now with my other male happily mating three females. Time will tell I guess if the seriously low temps have affected him long term. He's feeding like a trooper and certainly doesn't seem affected!