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Posted by Les4toads on August 31, 2002 at 10:13:36:
In Reply to: Re: HLs stopped eating posted by kumpfamily on August 30, 2002 at 14:41:00:
:Lester, I have a follow up question. Do I need to provide an environment that will help the hybernation? What I mean is, do I need to put a lower wattage bulb in for a few months, and cut down on the hours of light? Lastly, if I do need to lower the temp, what degrees should I keep, and for what months?
:P.S. I have two communities of Platyrhinos. A 1.3 of Juveniles. And a 1.4 of adults. One female adult is carrying eggs.
:Yes, it is a must to simulate the natural photoperiod and decrease the lighting duration and intensity of the light. The temperatures will also have to simulate the decrease in temps in the wild. Key temps are night temps down to 50 as the fall-winter transition occurs. Gradually decrease temps from night temps of 70 degrees down to 50 degrees. You might want to increase the substrate depth in the terrarium enclosure by an 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches more. Keep track of moisture content also. With winter seasons there is increased moisture content with rain. Not wet, just moist. Hydration is critical while HLs hibernate. October - November through February - March are hibernation months. Watch the weather and key from it. Lester G. Milroy III