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Posted by Rob Carmichael on April 17, 2003 at 15:26:31:
In Reply to: Re: here's the thing... posted by DanW on April 17, 2003 at 15:19:45:
You will find that each breeder does things slightly differently. Like Dean, I, too, keep my indigos in spacious enclosures that allow for thermoregulation (with sufficient night drops into the upper 50's and low 60's). I personally accomplish this by utilizing a pro product radiant heat panel that allows the indigos to bask under temps that reach close to 90 deg F. for a certain amount of time each day (and that changes with the season)....some say that is too warm but through many hours of observation, I have noticed that my indigos will coil under this heater for at least a few hours each day. I have chosen these heating devices because they provide a high quality radiant heat without overheating the entire cage. Background temps during the day range from 70 (cool side) into the upper 70's/low 80's towards the warm end. By creating a large thermal gradient, you give your snakes choices. I notice that they will utilize a variety of thermal zones in their cages. This is what works for me.
: Let me make sure of something. I need to let the lows in winter to go to the 50's and then warm it up during the day right? What should the day temps be? Also would it be ok if the ambient temps were 55-65 F and then provide a supplemental heat source 24/7? Also what temps should I aim for during the warm season?