Axolotl Colony annual breeding hiatus

Jill Gresens jgresens at indiana.edu
Mon Jul 12 12:12:24 EST 2004


Hello all,
I hope this message finds you all well.  My apologies for those of you 
who receive this message twice.
As we approach mid-summer, we're planning our annual breeding hiatus.  
As we have done for the past few years, we're going to again designate 
August as a month-off for our females, to give them a well-deserved 
rest.

As happens every year, we see a dip in breeding success in the late 
summer and early fall.  To prepare for this, we give our females August 
to bulk up, as a means to try to prepare them for the 'big push' 
through the dry season.  It seems that this year our dry-season is 
hitting us a bit earlier than usual, but we got by very well last year 
without too much of a problem, so I think it's just catching up with us 
a bit earlier.   We'll keep pairing animals until the onset of the 
hiatus, and then call it quits, to pamper our females for a bit.  We 
always try to keep this hiatus at the same time of the year (August) in 
order to allow you to anticipate it ahead of time, as well as to do it 
at a time when classes are not in session (when most of us 
academic-types grab our vacations!)

Our last batch of embryo shipments will go out on Monday August 2nd, 
and regular shipping will resume Monday, September 13th.

As always, during this time we'll still ship larvae, juveniles, adults, 
and supplies as we have them available.  If you're anticipating 
ordering anything to be shipped before, or immediately following the 
hiatus (embryos or otherwise) please get in touch soon and place your 
orders, to allow us to plan our last few weeks of matings.  Please 
don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions or 
concerns.
Take care,

Jill Gresens
IU Axolotl Colony
phone: 812-855-8260
fax:    812-855-6705 (Attn: Axolotl)
http://www.indiana.edu/~axolotl
axolotl at indiana.edu




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