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Old 02-04-2018, 12:28 AM   #1
Western hognose questions

I have an adult pair of western hognose that I keep in separate bins in a 28 qt rack with hot side at 90f. They are great before winter but went off feed. Is this normal? I would like to breed them is brumination required?
Old 03-02-2018, 02:11 AM   #2
Hi Gene,

It's quite normal for adult hognoses to go off feed in winter. The daylight hours shorten and the temperatures drop - I think both of these factors serve as signals telling the hognoses it's time to stop feeding and brumate.

As to brumation, I think you'll find that most hognose breeders brumate their stock as it seems to increase fertility/decrease incidence of slugs. I've seen anecdotal evidence of successful clutches sans brumation, but I personally brumate my hogs as it mimics their natural conditions - and because people that have been doing this a lot longer than I have say it yields the best results.

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