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RE: Rhino basking spot

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Posted by: jerry d. fife at Sun Mar 25 19:48:49 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jerry d. fife ]  
   

Ty,

Thanks for the comments on the book. It at least provides some of the basics and information on what has worked for me. I continue to learn and modify things, everyone's situation is slightly different. If the lizards are reproducing for multiple generations, we are likely doing something right, but I know I still have much to learn.

There are lots of factors for healthy iguanas and I agree UV is not as critical to a rhino as for example a ctenosauras. A couple post down also mentions at 86 degrees a road was over 140 degrees. My rhinos in outdoor pens don't bask when temps exceed 110-115 degrees because surface temps can be extremely high. I spray the enclosure with water and provide plenty of shade so they don't over heat. If my iguanas didn't have shade they would quickly die in the sun with temps over 110 degrees.

If a cage is too small and the rhino could not cool down, a 150 degree basking spot could be a problem, but if they have an area in the mid 80's no problem. The other problem I have seen is basking lights next to a screen cage and the lizard will hold onto the screen right under the basking light and literally cook their belly.

Good luck with all your iguanas. I did get a clutch of infertile C. alfredschmidti eggs, hopefully I'll get some good eggs from another female.

Jerry
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