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Do rainbow stags need to be put into hibernation after eclosing? I’ve got a refrigerator at 55f and wondering if they should go in there. Thanks!

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They don't NEED to. I find after enclosing they will burrow for a few months and come out when ready to feed/mate. 

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On 5/13/2019 at 6:22 AM, Ratmosphere said:

They don't NEED to. I find after enclosing they will burrow for a few months and come out when ready to feed/mate. 

What I’m seeing is they remain buried after eclosing; I dug one up to show my kids, and it buried itself that day. I definitely don’t want to stress them, so you just let them remain underground after eclosing, and in a couple months they’ll burrow out? I was somewhat concerned, because they’re initially (after eclosing) under a bunch of dirt but at the bottom corner of a clear container, and I don’t want them to be stuck trying to go through the plastic to get to light instead of burrowing up, if that makes sense?

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Yes, they will come out in a few months on their own. They live a while too. 

If you want to see them more often you can redo the enclosure. I keep all my beetles in $1 plastic containers with drilled air holes and damp sphagnum moss. From here I can witness mating and put them in the egg laying container when they're ready. 

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