Ants wont go to hibernation

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Tedapro
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Ants wont go to hibernation

Post: # 33190Post Tedapro
Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:55 pm

Hi. About two weeks ago i boght some ants that came in the mail. They do hibernate sow therefor i putt them in my fridge at 12°C (53°F). They where from spain and supost to be hibernated at this temprature. The day after they looked to be slowing down. But when i checked up on them this week they looked even more active then when i got them, and the temp had kept itself on 12°C. What should i do.

My ideas:
1. Wait a few more weeks
2. Take them out (they might allready been in hibenation)
3. Lower the temprature some more

For an extra tip. They had enought food and where messor barbarus.

So if anyone could help me out i would appreciate it sow much.

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Re: Ants wont go to hibernation

Post: # 33192Post Batspiderfish
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:44 pm

A lot of people think that ants hibernate like mammals, in a sleep-like state. Hibernation to ants only means a lower metabolic rate assisted by low temperatures (they are ectotherms). They may or may not show any visible signs of hibernating.
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Re: Ants wont go to hibernation

Post: # 33201Post Tedapro
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:55 am

Batspiderfish wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 3:44 pm
A lot of people think that ants hibernate like mammals, in a sleep-like state. Hibernation to ants only means a lower metabolic rate assisted by low temperatures (they are ectotherms). They may or may not show any visible signs of hibernating.
ah ok i see, thanks

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