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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Sep 2012 at 7:30am
I think they will stand a chance if the winter is uniformly cold, rather than lots of mild days in which their remaining fat reserves are depleted (but not warm enough to feed, of course) - thats the worst sort of weather for torpid reptiles.  Fingers crossed!
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Will do neo smooth snakes usually feed before hibernation or do they survive on the remain of the yolk sac? 

Like Lulia I'm quite concerned for the little guys, they look so cute in the pictures. Unhappy
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AGILIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 6:04am
Thought I reconised that tree Will keith
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote will Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 7:32am
I assume they normally feed Gemma, but to be honest Ive never found one with a big bulge in it unlike neo adders which can look ridiculous when they have swallowed a full size common lizard, as you know.  Keith - yes, one day we will end up in the same place at the same timeLOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Iulia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Sep 2012 at 11:11pm
I am ridiculously sentimental about baby snakes I admit ......  Embarrassed
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Hi Jon,

both of my Peublan's used to have a pretty hefty tail twitching session at cage cleaning time but the worst of all was a Durango Mountain Kingsnake, simply went bananas with his tail and also demonstrated an imitation of a Grass Snake / Hog Nose, by voiding itself everywhere... nice

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Two clearly in advanced state of gestation from today...




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Wrong thread I know, but I found four very new looking slow worm young last week under a Coroline sheet. This is all very hard to prove but they looked like this season's and would tie up with some of my slowies in the garden looked pregnant when they emerged from hibernation.
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It's all part of the same thing, Suzy, I'm sure - I also saw one very small slowworm neo yesterday in Dorset, as well as some very thin looking females.
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From two weeks ago. I'd say gravid.


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