At around what point do females start to nest because mine was paired and seems to be nesting but it has not been that long
After ovulation generally. Until then they tend to do a lot of cooling (bowl wrapping) while building.
That’s what I thought, But…
I have one that I believe is due very soon, Following her last shed, her shape has changed from round cross section to spinal ridge with a flattened shape and with wide bulges either side. (also not eaten for 3 months but still fat and bulging at the sides.)
She has never nested, although other have, and some before ovulation as its months since some of those wrapped.
So I would ask, is it as variable as it seems to me with my limited experience?
It’s possible I suppose… if they think it’s cooler but still quite warm up front they may not nest over a hotspot. What is the ambient temps?
I keep my breeding females a bit cooler to protect sperm at 30.5 C / 87 F
So on a hot day or when the heating of the house is on, it might well be a bit warmer at the front
87 is quite high… I keep my ambient around 75-80 (hot days it may get a few degrees warmer) and a hotspot of 90. I would turn their ambient down a bit if poss.
No, That’s the breeding hot spot 30.5 C / 87 F. is that wrong? Ambient is cooler like yours except for really hot days.
Its like your temps at non breeding times.
Ok. No that’s fine then. I originally asked about ambient temps. No worries. That is fine.
Thanks for the reassurance. I was not sure about my temps