OBSERVATION ON OVERWINTERING OF ELAPHE TAENIURA
Zheng Fusheng Li Youhua (Hunan Forestry Technical College. Hengyang 421005)
From Dec. 1994 to April 1995, the authors made an artificial experiment of the overwintering of Elaphe tacninra. The resalts show that its hibernating temperature is 5 ~ 8 C , it becomes action abain above 8 C, the straight sunshine can regulate the temperature of the snake cave and it is very important to maintain the supply of drinking water during the time of overwintering. They also obtained a result that its rate of natural weight loss was 18. 09% and that the length of its body reduced at the rate of 4. 55%. Exuviations still existed in winter.