Brumation (Partial Hibernation) In Reptiles

At this time of year, when the temperatures are low, older reptiles are often brumating (partially hibernating). This means that they are less likely to be interested in eating live food. Live food is an important source of fluids for reptiles. It is, therefore, important to keep them hydrated by other means when they are eating less. Here are some tips on how to do so:

  • Bathe Bearded Dragons more frequently than usual.
  • Ensure that moss in humid hides is kept damp for other lizards or snakes.
  • Any reptiles that require misting should be sprayed for a little longer than usual.
  • Keep on top of changing your pet’s water bowls daily.

Decreasing the temperature under the basking light to 24o C to 27o C (75o F to 80o F) and the night time temperature to 16o C (60o F) for 4-6 weeks can replicate the natural environment.