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RE: All my caiman does is sleep.Any ideas Y

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Posted by: GLZ at Fri May 21 16:16:07 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by GLZ ]  
   

probably its a 20 gallon tank 30"Lx12"Tx12"H .. which is fine for a small baby caiman, but it wont last very long. I would suggest something larger, at least a 50 gallon long which would give the caiman a additional 18" of space.

Tank should be divided so that it has 2/3 water area and 1/3 land area .. personally with dwarf caiman and dwarf crocodiles I like to give them a 50% water / 50% land area.

Light should be on a cycle, run the light for 10 or 12 hours a day ... my reptile area stay low 70's and I only need to run 40w & or 60w bulbs to get a good temp basking sight.

I think low to mid 80's is to high of a water temp for a dwarf caiman ... I think 77/78 would be good.

I have a small dwarf caiman thats 20"-ish set up in a 50 gallon long tank which is 48" long, I have about 20" of land, not running a water heater, and basking sight is by one 40w bulb set on a timer to run I believe 10 hours a day, room temp is about 71-74 degree's .... this caiman does awesome!! I have rarely seen another Palp or trig do as well or as healthy as this one.
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