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RE: Idea for natural brumation habitat(long)

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Posted by: steeve111 at Mon Feb 1 22:32:13 2016  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by steeve111 ]  
   

That is a good way to handle it for sure, but for me, my garage gets much hotter inside than the outside temps, being a steel industrial type building(like a Quonset hut); I can't even go in there for more than a few minutes in summer. The floor is concrete and probably is cooler, but I have not measured the temp; I will do that this coming summer after we get the first long heat waves. The other issue for me, being 6 feet 4 inches tall,70 years old and having a bad back and knees, is with the cages on the floor, I would have great difficulty servicing them. On the other hand, cages around the opening of buried pipes would save on daily work; the substrate would be the ground, which is decomposed granite, where cleaning would be minimal due to the infinite depth of substrate and there would be no mess to clean up, or smell, like happens in my house or garage. Their could be a screen bottom on the cages, buried a foot or so below the substrate surface to prevent escape, and the drip-irrigation system running through all the cages should be close to a maintenance free system for keeping water in the dishes; any overflow would just sink into the DG substrate. weekly feeding would be the only work required. The only down side I can think of is the distance from where I spend most of my time,(the house), would be as much as a couple hundred feet away, so I would not see and enjoy the snakes as often as I do now. There is the possible issue of theft or vandalism, but with a chain link fence and locked gate around and over it, someone would really have to work at it, even if they knew of the location and existence of the operation. Ants seem to be the only likely problem that I can foresee so far. I keep ants out of my insect rearing cages by using polished stainless steel rods as legs for the cages, which I grease up the same way I do to keep ants out of my insect traps when I collect in the tropics. Only flying insects have access.


   

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