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cains 03-02-2017 12:23 AM

YBS appearing too early this year
I have a 14 year old YBS kept outside now for about 10 years.

He always disappears in Late November or early December and pops up in March happily looking for food.
This year he went under as usual looking in good condition, but has suddenly appeared on his island for the past 2 days. He does act sleepily and did not go back in the water until well after dark. Not interested in food either.

I worry that he is using energy and deplete the resources he needs to sustain him until spring.
His friend the Map is nicely on the bottom somewhere, but the Map does not usually come up until 2 – 3 weeks after the YBS.

Any ideas if this is because of the warm weather (there has been no ice on the pond this year) and he may go back under until the spring, or is this a sign of something wrong?

boxman 03-02-2017 06:46 AM

If he is not going back into the water until after dark this could be a worrying sign. It is quite mild at present, and so he could be fooled into thinking March has come. As the weather cools down again in the next few days, if he is still out after dark I personally would pull him inside for some R&R. That would mean the end of his hibernation for this year however.

cains 03-02-2017 09:30 PM

Thanks for that.
He was out again today, weather fine and back in the water early.
I'll bring him indoors if he keeps coming up and not eating.


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