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Old 05-09-04, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Night time lows ??(temp question)

Ok everyone Iím looking for opinions here, Iíve been trying too figuring this out for a while and would like too knowing what everybody thinks. For all reptiles when you go through there care there is a daytime high and then a temp which you can allow the cages too go down too at night. With arboreal reptiles this is obviously a more rapid drop, in temperatures, what I would like too know is these animals can endure the lows and highs, But do they require the temp change? Now Nocturnal animals are active in the lower temps because they are active at night, and I would assume the daytime highs is when there bodies digest the food that they consumed during the nights lower temperatures. So highs are defiantly important, but are lows? Is it necessary too bring the temperature down at night? Or is it just ok too because they are built too survive that period of time at lower temps? Just wondering what everybody thinks,
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Cycling your temps is only necessary if you are breeding reptiles, and even then sometimes it isn't necessary. Also, it isn't the cooler temps that stimulates activity in nocturnal animals, but rather the actual time of day. If you reversed your temps to make them cooler during the day and warmer at night your nocturnal animal would still be more active at night.
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The best thing to do is to look at the climate from where the animal is from. For example, animals from the Amazon basin, especially arboreal ones (ATBs, ETBs), experience dramatic fluctuations in the day/night temps. The amazon basin, because of its high humidity, but proximity to the equator, can fluctuate between 90-100 (day) and 60-70 (night). While I don't recommend allowing your herp to drop down to 60 degrees EVER, your amazon snakes, as well as anything from north america (kings, corns, garters, etc.) can probably tolerate a drop down to 72-75 at night. Equatorial or desert animals should be kept at higher temps at all times. Key thing, don't look at care sheets... look at the way they live where they originated.
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