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    My Leo is just over a year old. The past 3 weeks she has been eating rarely. She still looks healthy, her tail is fat, and she is defecating. I also noticed that she has been in her hide more often and sleeping a lot. She also has been using the warm side of the tank less frequently. The lamps are on the same day/night timer cycle and temperature is spot on. Could it be she is signaling that she is ready to hibernate? This is my first Leo so I'm not sure what exactly is going on. Should I stop feeding and allow her to hibernate or is it ok to just let her be her sleepy self for the winter and just not hibernate her? Thanks in advance for any information.
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    For reptiles it's actually called "brumating" rather than "hibernating". Some leos do and some don't but often they eat less during the winter (I find that mine seem to be really hungry in August and then start slowing down in Sept.). Even though you provide heat and light, I think they're somewhat sensitive to the ambient light and do respond to the shorter days. The best thing to do, in my opinion, is to keep offering food every few days and not to worry if they don't eat much (or at all).

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    Reptiles don't fully hibernate, they go into whats called brumation, its kind of a semi hibernation. Un like full on hibernation they don't stock up on fat stores and sleep for the winter, they just slow down, and seem, well, lazy. you could reduce the temps a little to let him do this properly, but a lot of reptile owners don't worry about brumentation, and just keep the temps as they are. Some allow their animals to brument prior to breeding them as it stimulates the breeding response as this is what happens in the wild, but Leo's are soooo many generations captive bred, it won't hurt if he doesn't go into brumation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wiseapple View Post
    My Leo is just over a year old. The past 3 weeks she has been eating rarely. She still looks healthy, her tail is fat, and she is defecating. I also noticed that she has been in her hide more often and sleeping a lot. She also has been using the warm side of the tank less frequently. The lamps are on the same day/night timer cycle and temperature is spot on. Could it be she is signaling that she is ready to hibernate? This is my first Leo so I'm not sure what exactly is going on. Should I stop feeding and allow her to hibernate or is it ok to just let her be her sleepy self for the winter and just not hibernate her? Thanks in advance for any information.
    Can you post a picture of her cage?

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