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RE: Brumation

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Posted by: MichaelHeyduk at Wed Jan 12 16:46:45 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by MichaelHeyduk ]  
   

Hi John,

I don`t have a "special-day" for the end of brumation.

When the weather changes here and it`s getting warmer outside our kingsnakes getting activ again then it is the time to turn on the lights.

Regularly my L.m.greeri, L.m.thayeri and L.alterna stop feeding september/october, 4 weeks later the brumation begins and i am turning off light and heating.
Most time of the winter-season my snakes hide in the substrat .

Last week the snow melted here in germany and my greeris have started to crawl around, that is my sign to turn on the light again (4 h/d).
Every week i add 1-2 h light, and with 10h light/day i start heating the cages.
5-7 days later we offer the first food.

We (my wife and me) keeping our kingsnakes in groups/breedingcolonies all year long, we only seperate them when feeding.

We can compare the acting of the 3 species and normally the greeris are the first who start mating, the thayeris follow them some weeks later, the first pairing of alternas does not happen before april/may...when the other are ready to lay the eggs.

On the other hand the thayeris and alternas will start feeding very soon, but the greeris will accept the first meal 4 weeks later.

So late january/early feb the cages will be heated and mid/late feb the greeris will start with the pairing...


   

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