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RE: At what temp does food become toxic?

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Posted by: FR at Mon Dec 2 23:35:59 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FR ]  
   

Yea, as a reptile guy, many types, I find a flaw in these type reports. Many reptiles, like racers, water and gardersnakes, have a higher metabolism and require much higher heat then others, like ratsnakes and kings. hognose seem to be near Coachwhips when at their high end.

I also am not a fan of your dormant period. Snakes regularly summer and winter use lower ranges of metabolism. Its what they are. We commonly see snakes moving, crawling, doing things, at very low temps, high thirties up. What they will not do is expose themselves to danger, when working at cooler temps. That is, if they are not warm or hot enough to use their natural defenses, like crawling quickly to escape, they simple will normally choose to not go out in the open.

Here at my house, the lowest temp we have seen snakes crossing the road(dangerous) is the mid fifties. In the field, we find snakes moving at the temps I mentioned above.

Anyway you will see a lot of this in the future if you look. And it sounds like your looking. I remember in Fla, my best time to find corn and other rat snakes, indigos, milksnakes etc, were in the colder months and particularly after a blue northern. Watersnakes and such, better in the summer. Best wishes


   

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