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RE: New to Mali Uro, cage?

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Posted by: rtl402 at Fri Aug 1 07:49:25 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by rtl402 ]  
   

Yea, sorry to say that enclosure is just not up-to-par.

There are lots of care sheets available, even just clicking on the link in the forum leads you to multiple care sheets.

As for your enclosure, minimum footprint should be 4'x2' with the height is totally up to you, of course it needs to be high enough to accommodate your lights at a safe distance from the Uro. Many people use 24" height, if you are using a deep dome fixture you may want to go another 2" or so. Also be sure to use Oak ply, as cheaper, soft woods such as pine and cedar can emit toxins that are hazardous to your Uro.

Also, stick to using glass in place of the screens, as it will hold temps better and is also much safer for your Uro. I believe home depot can cut you glass to fit the size you need, and its fairly inexpensive.

If you chose to seal the wood, you can use minwax polyurethane, however you will need to run the lights for at least a week for the polyurethane to cure and no emit any fumes.


Also, before you dig through all the caresheets to find out temp info, I will give you a quick rundown:
Basking: 120-140F
Hot end: ~95F
Cool end: ~85F

Night temps should be around 75F, if you need additional heat, do NOT use red lights, use a ceramic heat emitter, as the bulbs will confuse the Uro. Be sure you have a good UVB bulb, as it is necessary for Uro's to regulate the vitamin D3 in their bodies.

Hope that helps


   

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