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What temperature should your pet reptile’s cage be? How much humidity should their enclosure contain?
Two key elements of proper reptile husbandry is maintaining appropriate temperatures and humidity levels.
How do I know what the proper temperature for my reptile is?
The right temperature is different based on the species. The correct temperature range for a Kenyan Sand Boa is most likely not going to be the exact same for a Red Eye Tree Frog. The most important thing to do is to review the care sheet provided for your pet. Also...research, research, research! Specific and detailed care sheets are available in our store and our website.
How do I know what the proper humidity range for my reptile is?
Again, humidity levels are going to be variable from species to species. Please do research on how moist your pet’s environment should be and make sure you can provide before you adopt.
Keep in mind that desert animals such as bearded dragons, leopard geckos, and many species of tortoises are not going to require too much humidity.
Amphibians and other species that thrive in tropical environments – frogs,
salamanders, many species of jungle snakes and chameleons – are going to require habitats with higher humidity levels and much more moisture in their habitat.
Snakes species such as this Borneo Blood Python will require more humidity in their environment than desert species.
How do I control temperature and humidity levels within my reptile’s enclosure?
You will need two main tools to measure temperature and humidity.
* Accurate Reading Thermometer - There are many types of digital thermometers that work great for measuring the temperature within a tank. Some simply provide a reading while others are portable and can use a probe to measure various areas within the enclosure. Another great option is to get a temperature gun. These are not necessarily labelled as thermometers, but they are as simple as point and shoot to obtain a temperature reading anywhere you wish.
* Hygrometer - These are used to measure moisture and humidity levels.
Once you have tools that will provide you with data on your reptiles’s home, then you can make adjustments accordingly. As temperatures outside and within your home fluctuate, you might have to make adjustments to your reptile’s enclosure as well. Sometimes this can mean misting the enclosure more or less frequently, buying a more powerful heat bulb, or investing in an alternate source of heat such as a heat pad for underneath the tank.
Ultimately, you will get used to adjusting temperature and humidity the longer you own and care for your pet. It will be bit more challenging at first, but once you have a system down, it will not require much maintenance at all.
What are the signs that I might need to make adjustments to the temperature and/or humidity levels within my reptile’s cage?
One of the first indicators that something is not right with your pet’s environment is a lack of appetite. If you notice that your pet is suddenly sluggish and avoiding food, it could be a humidity or heat issue.
For certain species, there are telltale signs of dehydration. Even if you provide your pet with a water dish, many reptiles actually get moisture from their environment and rarely drink water at all.
Chameleons won’t recognize a water dish as a source of moisture at all. You will notice their coloration becomes rather dull and their eyes will become sunken if they don’t get enough water. You actually have to provide a constant source of dripping or moving water or do lots of misting of the cage
Snakes and other species, you might notice issues with shedding. If your snake’s substrate doesn’t contain enough moisture, it will shed in pieces rather than one long tube, which is the healthy way. Other animals might have issues with perpetual shed or their scales and coloration might appear dull constantly.
Other signs you might need to make adjustments include lethargy, secretiveness in the form of burrowing or never emerging from hiding, or lack of waste elimination.
The best way to avoid issues with temperature and humidity are to simply check and adjust frequently.
Below are a few reptiles we often recommend for beginners:
· Bearded dragons
· Leopard geckos
· Corn snakes
· Ball pythons
· Crested geckos
· Hognose snakes
· King snakes
· Blue Tongue Skinks
Reptiles come from all different types of climates and require different needs when it comes to temperature and humidity ranges.
Before you acquire any reptile, make sure you do research and be prepared and invest in the proper equipment to maintain its habitat requirements.
We are always here to help and guide you through this wonderful experience with your pet!