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Instinct102
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# Posted: 16 Mar 2013 11:22


My adult pyxie put herself under around late February. I was planning to wake her come late March, or early April, depending on how when it takes for the weather to get consistently warm. Temperatures remained the same, mid 80s during the day and 70s at night, humidity always high (substrate was even relatively new at the time she went down).

There's a hole of sorts in the substrate right above where she's sleeping and I can see a gleam of green down there, her backside obviously. I used to hear her moving around down there from time to infrequent time (squeaking against the glass bottom). But now even though I can somewhat see her, I haven't heard heard any movement for a while. Granted I'm not home 24/7.

Because I can see her below the substrate and haven't heard/seen her move for a while I want to know if I should be concerned. Should I let her be for my intended duration, or consider waking her early?

How can I even be sure this is, in fact, aevistation. REAL aevistation. Not just. . .sleep. I keep reading pyxies aevistate in response to dryness (and cooler temps), but that wasn't the case here.

Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 19 Mar 2013 01:47


Pyxies will aestivate for up to two years. If she is aestivating, waking her up after a month isn't really a great idea. Aestivation is an important process for some species of amphibians.

If she is aestivaing, you will know because she will have dried layers of skin cocooned around her body

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