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Posted by SPR on December 19, 2002 at 22:28:52:
In Reply to: HIbernating Western Hognose - Can someone please advise posted by dwightyarde on December 07, 2002 at 01:23:01:
:I am a novice at brumating snakes - I purchased an adult male hognose that has been previously cycled and bred - he took food from me once (2nd week of November) and would not eat after that. On the advice of a friend, I have placed the male into brumation (used a rubbermaid shoe box) and am maintaining temps between 50 - 55 degrees - I have read mixed messages about checking on brumating snakes - my guy is currently buried in the substrate so I cannot see him to check his breathing - what should I do?
In my experiences, which may not be conventional, I brumate my hognoses low:44 degrees night, High:58 degrees. These numbers are extremes for normal temp. is 48-52 degrees. You can buy a thermometer that has a humidity indicator on it( which I recommend.)Humidity remains normal to midrange humid, the drier side probably better. I keep the room dim. I routinely check on all of my animals every couple of weeks. I have only disturbed them minimally to, as you say, check to see if they are breathing and not getting too thin or dehydrated. The temperatures are so low that the animals seem to hardly notice that I am there even when I move their substrate to check on them. The only thing that I would not advise is to warm your snake up too much during hibernation. I handle them very minimally during brumation.
On the feeding issue, many of my westerns, slowed their eating habits or even refused to eat at the first sign of a cold front moving into our area. Most of mine now brumate until spring.
I hope that this information helps. SPR