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RE: Hydration Therapy?

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Posted by: fireside3 at Fri Jun 22 16:36:44 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by fireside3 ]  
   

I do the same thing with the tupperware, getting the drinking to start by pre-wetting them. But it's more like bi-weekly; with twice or three times a week direct and indirect misting in the cage. I started keeping shallow water dishes in there as well this summer, but I still haven't found them to be fond of them. The only time I see them frequent them is when they dry out and it makes for a good flat basking area.
I've also learned that certain ceramic dinner plates work too, and if slightly curved on the edge are impossible for the HL to get traction on and climb out of, whereas, I always have trouble with them climbing out of even the biggest tupperware containers unless I have a lid for it.
I've had to run off and accidentally left them in the tupperware or the bathtub for a couple hours. I see no harm in it if the water is not deep, other than it could chill them and reduce metabolic and immune fuction if for a long time. I've seen them inflate themselves in that situation. I think maybe they tend to puff up to retain the body heat in their core, by placing some space between the skin and the internal organs...maybe they were just pissed about it.
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