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RE: Idea for natural brumation habitat(long)

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Posted by: FR at Tue Jan 12 09:25:45 2016  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FR ]  
   

While I am entertained by your thoughts, I do not think anything good would come from them.
Having kept and bred Cal kings for over 50 years, I have used a number of methods. When I started I lived in SoCal, and had my kings in cages in a shaded carport. No heat or cooling, just fed them when they wanted and allowed them something to get into when they wanted. They reproduced without problem.
I would think KISS and proper troubleshooting Tech. would apply, if you want it to work, keep it simple stupid(kiss) and simplest things first, PTT.
You do understand, that brumation is a bit goofy, as kings do not do that. Not in a sense of becoming inactive. You do know that right now in SoCal, its the time to find kingsnakes. They, kingsnakes, are up and active all winter, on any halfway warm day. They are most likely less active on hot summer days, down and in.
That said, its as easy as, fill the cages with substrate, and put the cages in a closet, unheated room etc. make sure they have water.
A friend of mine, bred zillions of kings, and he kept them in his basement. it was 55F year around. he kept heat strips in the cages, in the front. When he went in the room in the winter, if the snakes were on heat or crawling, he offered them food, He said, most of them ate once or twice during winter.


   

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