cooling pythons before breeding

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  1. dragonlover1

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    Okay I have bred dragons and bluies but this will be my first attempt at breeding pythons.
    I have read about cooling but I want to be sure I do it right;I have a 3YO pair of Pygmy Banded Pythons who are showing great size and weight,my female has just shed 3 times in 3 months.I think they are ready.
    Is there any thing in particular I have to do this winter? How do I go about cooling?
    Thanks in advance for any tips
    Cheers Rick
     
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    Ive no experience breeding ants but i would stop feeding for a month or so clean their guts out and drop their basking hours to 3-4 hrs a day and can prob pair them up in under 2 months. although as far as im aware this time of year some people are seeing lock ups with ants already? Im sure a more experienced breeder will advise you, that's just what i did with my morelia.
     
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    Different breeders approach cooling in different ways.
    I gradually reduce the heating hours. Starting late summer I drop 1 hour every 2 weeks in an effort to keep in line with natural cycles.
     
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    really? they are already mating? I thought they would start in spring
     
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    I could be wrong but I thought ants were ready to go a lot earlier in the season and remember seeing a thread on here where someone was already seeing mating around this time of year @dragonlover1
     
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    thanks ,I'd better do some more research
     
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    The only way they would be breeding now is from manipulating the heat regime.
     
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    I thought it was a bit early,but then again some beardy people seem to have eggs in August/September when my guys haven't even started mating
     
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    Maybe they are doing some sort of artificial cooling to get them going early.
     
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    Although they claim not to
     
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    I can't think of any other way. If they did this in the wild they would be coiled around the eggs in winter wouldn't they?
     
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    my thoughts exactly, which is why I assumed spring in the first place
     
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