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RE: Winter cooling, how long is long enough?

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Posted by: joeysgreen at Wed Feb 3 00:34:24 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by joeysgreen ]  
   

When in doubt, follow the herp's natural environment to a "T". If you spend a while on google, you'll find that the US military has a website with the daylight and moonlight hours of any coordinate on the planet. Really cool stuff! While I don't have any proof to support this, I have a sneaky suspision that the light cycle has a lot to do with the breeding success in many herps. As far as cooling goes, I agree that it is probably species specific, or at least family specific. While the low temperature achieved is probably all that is necessary for a short period of time, while they are dormant, it's not difficult to keep them cool for longer. What happens in the wild with these guys? One important thing, that at least has been documented in some tortoises, is that both sexes should be cycled the same so they reach sexual activity peaks at the same time. It seems obvious, but I've heard of some people warming the females first, then the males later or vice versa.

I hope this helps, but I"m by no means an expert on skink breeding.

Ian


   

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