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    OK, my brothers and sisters from other eggs. I put my Strophurus down for the winter, but my questions are. What is more important during brumation, temperature reduction or shorter photoperiod? Or is it something else. I
    I shortened their lighting period from 10 hrs/day to 6-8 hrs/day. I also reduced feeding them from 3-4 times a week, to just once a week. I was afraid to simply cut them off food completely. My problem is that my house is in the low 70's during the daytime and low 60's at night. I just can't get it colder w/o cooling the whole house more, or putting them in the garage and that would get them too cold. So any help on this would be most appreciated. Thanks.

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    Hi Larry,
    I think your temps are ok for most species of the genus. The southern ones need cooler temp on winter but even with those, you should have success. The northern species don't need low temps on winter to breed and it could also be prejudicial for them if they were kept at too low temps during the day.
    You can carry on feeding them at this temps, but offer them only small prey in small quantity and not more than once a week.
    One really important thing with them is to separate the sexes during that time.
    Also before introducing the pairs next season, be sure to have heavily fed your females.
    Hope you will have success with them,
    Fred

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    OK, my brothers and sisters from other eggs. I put my Strophurus down for the winter, but my questions are. What is more important during brumation, temperature reduction or shorter photoperiod? Or is it something else. I
    I shortened their lighting period from 10 hrs/day to 6-8 hrs/day. I also reduced feeding them from 3-4 times a week, to just once a week. I was afraid to simply cut them off food completely. My problem is that my house is in the low 70's during the daytime and low 60's at night. I just can't get it colder w/o cooling the whole house more, or putting them in the garage and that would get them too cold. So any help on this would be most appreciated. Thanks.

    Larry

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    Fred,

    Thanks, yeah I keep them separated all year long, except for breeding. Luckily this year it was a bit colder then usual so the ambient room temperature was lower too. Thanks again, and I'll be in touch with you later this year for some of your wonderful offspring.

    Larry

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