Gecko Brumation: The Who? What? Where? When? And Why? Of Cooling Your Geckos

Jul 4, 2013
On the Web
by Cindy Steinle

On the Web - So people ask me, and I see a lot of ‘talk’ on the forums about the exact nature and techniques that are required to properly cool an animal down for the winter.  A lot of questions are asked and the most common are the obvious such as: “At what temperatures should I cool my geckos?  And for how long”, “Should I feed them during this time?”, “Do juveniles or first year breeders need to be cooled?” or “Is it really necessary for me to cool my reptiles?”.  I read or hear questions like this very often, and naturally this is a sensitive topic as this time of year can be very stressful and testing of the hobbyist.  A lot of uncertainty and blind trust must go into this process unless one has years of experience with brumation.  Oh yeah, and brumation is the art of hibernating one’s reptiles if you did not know that term.  What I will attempt to cover here is a detailed account of my personal knowledge and experience with brumating my geckos and hopefully I can offer some guidelines and answers to some of the questions you may have in regards to it.

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