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RE: feeding problems?

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Posted by: pyromaniac at Fri Jan 18 10:13:24 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by pyromaniac ]  
   

So, does anyone know have any input? Is this normal as snakes age? How much does feeding frequency normally change in the winter? (He didn't have a quirky breeding season interruption this year, so I guess sometimes things I think will be clockwork end up changing...) One clue. Right before I fed him, he was in his water bowl (which is in the middle of the tank, so the coolest part). Humidity in here is 44%. I've since let him out and he's filed himself in a file cabinet, right near the window, so it'll get pretty cold...like 50s. I didn't really understand what yankeeslover meant w.r.t. cooling their snake down so that it would eat, but am I on the right track? How does this work, and how can it be accomplished safely/effectively without leading to brumation?
He filed himself in a filing cabinet? LOL! Seeking out the proper brumation temperatures is to be expected by this montane species, although I would suggest he brumate in a cage with a water bowl within easy reach, as they do drink water during brumation. Prior to brumation they should have empty guts for at least three weeks so food will not rot in the gut at low temps, During brumation they do not feed. Brumation lasts generally from November to March but can vary with individuals.

A nice thing about brumation is it will save a lot of money on feed, heating, and so forth ( speaking as keeper of 24 pyros assorted ages). In the spring when the snakes become active again it is like getting a whole bunch of new animals!
www.repvet.co.za/herp_photoperiod_hibernation_brumation.php
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