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Posted by Silly-atus fan on October 18, 2002 at 06:00:55:
In Reply to: Sorry double posted! ( posted by Gecko2525 on October 17, 2002 at 23:19:34:
I'm just west of you, so we're experiencing the same weather and temps. If it makes you feel any better, I don't add any extra heat to any of my rhac set-ups. They get whatever the room temperature is. Unless you love it cold inside your house, you really only have to worry about excess heat, not lack of heat.
In winter, the temps can get as slow as 66°F / 19°C and they don't care. Even day temps are not much higher than 70-72°F / 21-22°C since the furnace setting controls that. During the fall if I don't have the furnace running yet, night temps have been known to get down to around 55°F / 12.5°C and they don't give me the evil eye in the morning. Any babies I've got at the time experience the same temps without problem.
If anything, you might take advantage of the slight drop in temperature you're seeing. If you want to breed yours next year, this will simulate the normal winter cooling they'd get back home in the wild. It doesn't get really cold enough to brumate, just enough to turn off their reproduction. Cresties are egg laying machines, and sometimes the only thing to stop them is cooler temps. It's almost and advantage, so use it to start cycling yours. They're at an age where they would naturally experience a winter in NC.
If I were you, I wouldn't put the two together. Cresties have raging hormones, and you could find them breeding before they're really ready for it. Even though they're mature, it's best to wait until they're a year old, but if they're together, they might just play doctor out behind the barn sooner than you'd like. It wouldn't be too much trouble for the male, but the female has to produce eggs while she's still finishing her own growth, which could be problematic.