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11/14/07 4:03 PM
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KICK
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I have video of it going under water in its water Bowl. And staying under for over 7 mins. She did this for about 2 hours a few weeks ago. BTW its a Butlers Garter snake. So WTF is up with this? later KICK
11/14/07 4:59 PM
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is it preparing to shed?
11/14/07 8:55 PM
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My Cal King used to do that often too. Used to freak me out how long it was under but it always came back up eventually. Could be near shed time, might just want some water or even just a swim being a garter. One thing I'd be careful of and take close note it to check for mites. Sometimes that's a sign of mite infestation, they go under to get some relief.
11/15/07 1:01 PM
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More then likely it is nothing, but you need to check for mites, and also need to check your temps and humidity.. sometimes they do this to help cool off or if they are a bit dehydrated. Staying under for 7mins is nothing, I have timed brb's under the surface for well over an hour before.
11/16/07 3:57 PM
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No sheding going on... With no other snake around I can rule out mites...Cant I?? later KICK
11/18/07 12:17 PM
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"No sheding going on... With no other snake around I can rule out mites...Cant I??" NO.. you can't rule it out.
11/19/07 3:53 PM
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I dont see any mites on her.. So how small are they??
11/20/07 3:00 AM
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they are very small. They usually get under the scale and force the scale to stick up a bit. Empty the cage, and use white paper towels to line the cage, also use a light colored water bowl.. if there are mites, you will find them on the towl and in the bowl within a few days. If your temps are correct, the humidity is where it should be, and there are no mites present, then odds are, your gater just wanted to soak (which is very likely). I would err on the side of caution though and double check for mites/temp/humidity before chalking it up as normal behavior.
5/23/08 3:46 AM
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That is very common. Most of their prey in the wild comes from water sources.
5/23/08 12:41 PM
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Never saw this post when it was origionally posted.

I once kept a Blood Python form someone for a few weeks and that thing could sit under water for an incredibly long time.

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