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Is the weather getting colder where you live?
Do you have a UVB light? How old? Tube or coil?
During this time of year the Reptiles Brumate and can stay down for at least 12-15 weeks. They will not eat or drink during this time. I weigh them once a week to be sure there is no weight lose. If there is a weight loss and it is significat, I get them into the Herp Vet for an exam. I usually try and weigh them, have a fecal done and be sure all is ok, before brumation. Once a week I actually give a soak in a 50/50 solution of Plain Pedialyte and warm water. This prevents dehydration during the long sleep. The UVB should be on for 8 hours a day. The amount of time in brumation can vary in time they are down. Sometimes we will see them awaken early on, only to go back under a few days later. By giving the Pedialyte soaks during the brumation it helps to maintain, a proper electrolyte balance. Joan