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RE: New senegal...new to chams all together

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Posted by: Carlton at Thu Oct 9 14:06:18 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Carlton ]  
   

Neither the ReptiGlo or the heat lamp provide enough UVB, so you'll need to get a proven source. Again, the ReptiSun 5.0 is a safe reliable one many of us use. Many so-called "full spectrum" incandescent lamps claim they produce UVB but independent testing shows otherwise. When you get one, you won't need one or the other of those basking bulbs so just remove it. Get the thermometer...don't guess. The temp at the cham's skin gets burned through cumulative exposure (temp rises over the amount of time he is sitting under it) and burns can happen at lower temps than we realize. Ironically, basking herps don't have many heat sensors in their skin and don't always move out of the radiation before they burn. Actually, the most useful accurate thermometer out there is one of the little Pro Exotics Temp guns. They are inexpensive, aren't biased by air conditions, totally portable, and you can measure the precise surface temp of any animal whenever you need to. $25 is well worth it. I use them for all my herps now. Once I get a setup's heat source regulated I can spot check any part of them or the animal without disturbing them.


   

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