at Sun Nov 3 10:01:55 2013 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FR ]
As an old kingsnake keeper, Hogs are nuts and fun.
I actually test a pair of hogs and a pair of thayeri, same cage setup same temp choices in the same method. A wide range. 45F to 100F, over a 12 month period.
The kings blew the doors off the hogs. The kings went from hatchling to the female growing to over 3 feet, in one year.
The hogs did well, they were young almost adult sized. They only put on a little growth, a couple inches.
I then move the hogs to another building with higher lows, 83f to high temps around 90F and they fed and grew like weeds(as they should). So yes, I agree, hogs work better with a higher temp range, not so much the high end, but a higher low temps seem to be important.
I have only been playing with hogs for a year. And I too was going from basic kingsnake husbandry(bred them for almost 50 years)
I have one female that was tiny 5 to 6 inches, and she grew to almost 20 inches and nearly 200 grams in one year. she started with a lower "kingsnake" range. Since then, as mentioned, I raised the temps a tad and I have another tiny tiny hatchling that is feeding almost daily and growing much much better then the one already mentioned. One other huge difference is, male hogs can become sexually maturity at 4 to 6 months of age. Its crazy, They hatch in the 5 to 6 inch range and are sexually mature at 11 inches. Their tails get huge and they only think of one thing "girls" anytime all the time. Good luck
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