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Old 01-28-04, 08:50 PM   #32 (permalink)
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And again, I'd like to reiterate that I haven't just shown the success with my own collection. I talk to many high profile breeders who have been keeping snakes at a constant temperature for decades, and their snakes are in fact thriving. Of course a snake will use a heat gradient if it's available to them - however, I have seen nothing to convince me that they NEED this gradient to survive or even to be comfortable. It's like giving a boa constrictor a climbing branch - of course it will use it from time to time if it's there. But it certainly doesn't require it to live. Look at Tim Cranwill's example of the U of M - I don't think you need much more proof than that.
What success? I mean no insult or anything but I would like to know what you refer to as success, other then keeping a snake alive. I too would like to know the high profile breeders who keep there snakes at constants, I guess through the decades they have yet to learn a thing!

I think Jeff said it perfectly, and I would like to quote it:

Keeping thing alive and observing them to NOT move when your cage is a certain temperature is NOT a measure of thriving. Its just a testimonial as to how hardy these damn things are, and how they can survive under such adverse conditions.
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