at Fri Oct 14 11:22:18 2005 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Ryan Hoyer ]
I assume that you will not be breeding them this coming year (since one was young, and I don't think you specified whether or not you had a pair). So, cooling is not requisite at all. Those in TX and FL who do breed them have to resort to a wine cooler or other modified refrigeration system to properly cycle them for breeding.
If they are not actively feeding, I would highly suggest dropping the temps until Spring for two reasons: 1) their metabolism is slowed while not eating, and 2) natural conditions are simulated and they may be more likely to eat when the temps are warmed.
Even a decrease to 65 is preferable to keeping them at 75 if they are not actively feeding in the winter. Personally, I would shoot for closer to 50 or 55 if possible.
Side note: I am aware of a boa whose supplemental heat went out in a very cold garage. When she was checked on, the ambient temp in her cage was 32 F. Apparently, no harm came of it. 43 F is the coolest I have seen them actively crawling around in a cage.
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