I live in the southeast of the US, where we do not get much of a winter or have basements. I am wondering if I have to Brumate my corns or if I can go with out. For those who say brumate what would you suggest I do. I still have about a year, but I like to have everything in order beforehand.
You definitely do not need to. I’m in the southwest (no basements or real winter here either!) and have never brumated mine. Brumation can be helpful for getting snakes on the same breeding schedule and for giving the breeder a little break from the work and expense of feeding, but corn snakes will still breed without brumation.
Thank you. I had heard that they would and wanted to double check with some people who had either done it or not
If you decide you do want to brumate, it can be done in the Southeast. I live in SC and myself and some other breeders I know in the general area brumate our corns. I have a small storage room accessed through a door on the outside of my house with an electric heater in it. I keep the thermostat set so that it does not drop below 50. I typically have a few days that the temp in the “brumation closet” rises to ~65 or just above, but of course that happens in the wild as well, and has never caused a problem for me. I also use a Govee brand wifi thermometer that sends alerts to my phone if the temp drops or spikes below or above my preferred settings. Good luck