Eastern Brumation

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Eastern Brumation

Postby King Julien » Sun Mar 21, 2021 2:09 am

Hi, I've had my Eastern (adult, sex unknown) since oct/Nov 2020 so I am yet to house them for winter (I'm in the southern hemisphere so winter starts in June) and was wondering if brumation in captivity is necessary, as I've seen a few debates on it online. Is it necessarily? Is it good for their health?
I understand prep for brumation such as not feeding your skink for 2ish weeks, then turning heat off, etc etc, just wondering if it's a good idea or not for Easterns. Also if it is advised, if you have any tips for brumation you'd like to share that would also be great
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Re: Eastern Brumation

Postby Noodlebasket » Sun Mar 21, 2021 6:40 pm

As far as I understand it, you can try to induce it and if it works then cool. I haven't found anything that says it would harm them if they brumate, but I also haven't seen anything that says they would "miss" brumation if they don't do it. Mostly it seems that if you want to breed you have to brumate, otherwise you can and the skink might agree with you. I am not an expert and I'm curious to see what others would suggest.
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Re: Eastern Brumation

Postby IvanDanko » Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:39 am

My blotchie Peanut just passed her first birthday and I was debating this decision on whether to brumate myself. Being across the pond from you our winter is at the same time - generally as Easterns inhabit a large part of the Eastern seaboard of Australia and beyond they are both from areas which will get quite cold over the winter. From my understanding if they begin the process do not fight it but it is up to you whether you induce the process or not. I for one think it is probably beneficial for them and a part of their healthy natural yearly cycle (depending on locality of course). I think alot of the time they will detect the changes in weather conditions regardless of whether you drop the heat or not. This year I might experiment with a partial brumation and see how it goes - id say see how your skink responds in winter and take it from there.
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Re: Eastern Brumation

Postby splashy07 » Mon Mar 22, 2021 4:54 am

Yes, it is good for their health and a natural part of their life. I breed northerns and easterns and do not do anything to encourage brumation, they disappear on their own in late october through November at which time I will shut off their lights. (October/November is fall here).
So actually, I do not shut them down until they tell me to.

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