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overwintering this year's baby lizards

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Posted by: OliveJewel at Wed Nov 17 11:43:05 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by OliveJewel ]  
   

My adult Schneider's skinks are already down for the big snooze. And the babies (hatched in August) are not coming out during the day anymore, even though their lights come on. I am still putting small crickets in, just in case. Not seeing them come out makes me nervous because I always thought that babies usually don't overwinter their first winter. I don't like to disturb sleeping lizards because their metabolism is nice and slow and waking them up forces them to speed up their respiration and heart rate. I'm just wondering if you have had new babies overwinter their first winter. It is entirely possible that I fed them well enough that they feel okay to start snoozing. I think that once the night time temps fall below a certain thresh-hold they just don't come up during the day even if their heat light comes on. I'm anticipating that the babies will come out once or twice during the winter sleep time, while the adults will stay down. Your thoughts?
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Lisa Rakestraw
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My skinks:
1.1.0 Corucia zebrata (Berman and Joni)
2.3.3 Egernia striolata
2.2.0 Eumeces schneideri (Jack and Mabel; Kaa and Cochisa)

Hubby's snakes of the Southwest:
0.1 Lichanura orcutti (Rosie)
0.1 Lampropeltis pyromelana (Little Red)
0.1 Pituophis catenifer (Jennifer)
2.0 Bogertophis subocularis (Humphrey and Oliver)
0.1 Lampropeltis alterna (Sandy)


   

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