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Posted by starmom on May 11, 2003 at 22:10:28:
In Reply to: A safe night time temperature for young Beardies posted by Tracey on May 11, 2003 at 21:55:50:
Its tiny and was very scrawny......
Im using a paper towel substrate in a glass tank, but my leo's live in the tank below on a metal bakers shelves and I have noticed that when "small fry" goes to sleep it seeks the area that the heat from the leos red heat lamp warms up its tank floor from below, so cute you can look from below and you can see this sleeping dragon all comfy and warm........ its not extremely hot just warm.
im figuring that since it always seeks that spot, that its working well, and its gaining, and getting chubby by the day.
:To be on the safe side....hatchlings under 8 weeks should not go below 75. After 8 weeks and they have a little more body fat....70 should be ok......as they get older and bigger 65 should be the minimum in my opinion for optimal health. You can use a thermostat and under tank heaters to accomplish these minimal temps....covering probably won't be necessary but will keep temps a little more constant and keep your heaters from coming on as often.
::my adult beardie doesn't use any supp. heat at night.. I check on and off and it gets about low 70's high 60's... she doesn't use a cover either.. sleeps like a rock... my baby iggy on the other hand is completely opposite.. requiring nightime heat and a cage cover
:::I am converting part of my garage to house reptiles and it gets fairly cold in here. It is unheated but I live in southern california so it probably drops to about 60 at night, maybe lower on cold nights. I know adults can handle fairly low nighttime temps but what about younger dragons (1-2 months)? Has anyone tried covering cages after the lights turn off like many people do with their bird cages?