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Old 09-04-02, 12:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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A proper gradient is an undertank heater or a lamp (though for terrestrial snakes a bottom heating device is preferred) that covers 1/3 - 1/4 of the enclosure on one side. To aid in killing off an R.I. in its early stages you can blast it out of their system with heat. High heat in snakes acts like a fever does in humans. Now I'm not into colubrids so asides from basic feeding and care requirements I'm not much help and don't know what the treating temp would be for them, since I know they cannot tolerate high temps as well as boids do........
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