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RE: Collared brumation questions

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Posted by: schell at Mon Nov 21 13:47:02 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by schell ]  
   

Thanks for the detailed response Eve.

Like I said previously, this is my first go-round at this, so I want to exercise an overabundance of caution and be as sure as I can be that they're going to come through the experience healthy and ready to romp.

In that vein, I am usually of the opinion that if something is worth doing, it's worth overdoing. My aim to maintain a consistent environment to and reduce raising their metabolism and stress levels as a result of daily fluctuations in temps.

My female was easy. She cut back her activity almost as soon as I began reducing her food and the photoperiod. Then again, she came from a warmer climate. So our cool San Francisco nights helped coax her along.

My male began cutting back his food intake on his own, but maintained a high level of activity (burning lots of calories) for about three weeks between his last feed and when the temperatures finally caught up to him, he had lost some weight, but like I previously mentioned was still very active, alert and not underweight per say and still was 36 grams when he went down.

Continued on next post - evidently I hit the character limit.


   

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