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RE: Aldabra Tortoise **Sniff Sniff**

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Posted by: Tortoise_MATT at Tue Feb 2 21:17:05 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Tortoise_MATT ]  
   

Mike, I temped them tonight ... about 80-83, higher than I expected, but not too much different than ambient. The heater in their room is the hot air circulating variety and it is well outside the cage so they shouldn't be getting too hot from heater proximity. The only reason I turned the heat up that much at night was in case he was sick.

I was probably unclear earlier... When I mentioned humidity as a factor, I meant low not high. The reason I suspected low humidity to be the problem was this: During the day low humidity may cause excessive tearing to lubricate the eyes but its quickly evaporated in the dry air. When they hide in a dark corner withdrawn into their shells at night and the temp is a little cooler, their eyes continue to water, but maybe the moisture can't evaporate as easily so it accumulates on necks faces, mouths and noses??? He had no watery eyes or nose tonight, so I can't say for sure. I'm going to keep experimenting and try to find out.

Charlie, does this sound like the same thing you experience with yours? Does that low humidity explanation sound about right? I also use the cypress mulch inside, but mostly because its less smelly and hopefully more resistant to mold and rot.

Thanks for the help guys. At first it just seemed like the moisture was coming from the nose, and I got worked up over nothing.

Matt


   

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