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Posted by Jeff Judd on February 06, 2003 at 10:22:12:
In Reply to: Re: More Hibernation posted by lisak on February 06, 2003 at 09:46:25:
Loren is correct. Hatchlings and yearlings have a much shorter hibernation period than adults. They have a much smaller body mass so it is easier for them to warm up to their preferred body even in cool weather. In nature they can be found when adults can't. They have smaller amounts of fat reserves so it is tougher for them to make it through winter and will be out on warm days to restore lost fat. On hatchlings I have the lights on year round but in Nov. Dec. Jan. and Feb. I reduce them to 10 hours on 14 hours off in the other months it's the opposite. In those four months reduce the room temperature to the 60's with the spot directly under the heat lamp still at about 100. Make sure your enclosure is big enough to have a gradient 60 to 100. Activity can then be left up to the lizards. Soil temperatures are higher than air so even in the wild on some winter days they still have access to preferred temperatures. Offer food and water as usual. If they are in need of food they will eat. As is always the rule with baby horned lizards only offer 1 or 2 prey items at a time and remove them if they show no interest.