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RE: trouble feeding water snakes

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Posted by: KevinM at Fri Dec 31 18:22:54 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by KevinM ]  
   

I agree with the above poster. Keep them dry with a good sized water bowl and warm. Its quite unusual for a water snake to refuse fish. Even the scent usually drives them nuts. They could be wild caughts (most likely) and just shutting down and responding to winter.

As far as your other pair, I would brumate them like any other colubrid. Do not feed them for two weeks to allow their systems to empty out, then cool then to 50-55 degrees for two to three months. You may want to see what their native temps are like during the winter. In fact, you may not need to brumate them at all and they will trigger on natural light cycle changes.


   

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