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RE: ForgotÖ

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Posted by: jobi at Sun Apr 1 00:22:48 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jobi ]  
   

Yes photocells are actually heat sensitive, of course light may also affect them in ways I donít fully understand.

However a higher basking may not be your problem, higher basking are fine for terrestrial agamas like stelio and beardedís, but tropical forest arboreal lizards need more then a simple basking, they need mass ambient temperature and basking options. When provided with DTH ambient in the mid 80s they will bask very little, but they still need this option.

I use low wattage bulbs to achieve this as high wattage will mostly dehydrate the air in your cage. With a simple 25w bulb I can provide 130f basking if I use a reflector and lower the bulb close to a branch, I set my cages so they reach 84f ambient temps daytime, this really stimulate the metabolism of my lizards, they feed and drink more, however should I fail to provide for them they will perish much faster then if kept at lower temps.

Thatís what I call high energy maintenance, the advantages are numerous and lizards perform a lot more and faster, but they need support in return.

A 10 degree drop at night allows these photocells full functions, it also allows the body to grow, I apply this same husbandry to my eggs, thatís why they hatch in the 55-70 days range.


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