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Posted by pulatus on March 18, 2003 at 08:31:54:
In Reply to: Re: N. e. transversa hibernation posted by Mizar 21 on March 16, 2003 at 21:22:54:
I was surprised to see the water too. I know that its not uncommon for snakes to over-winter in very wet places, with part of their bodies submerged, but one would get the impression that this snake was actually underwater. I suspect that the hole may have been less full of water last fall, but may have filled up with the spring snow melt. It may have been the rising water that brought it out earlier than it would have otherwise emerged.
Its curious. We know that nerodia and thamnophis develop a sort of skin rot if kept on a consistantly damp substrate yet they have to be hibernated in very damp (at least very humid) conditions or they will dehydrate. Over wintering in these wet conditions doesn't seem to lead to the same skin problems.
:Very nice pics ! The hole with the water, the snake spend the winter in that ? They can live that long without air ? I suppose that with the hibernation, their need for air is less.