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Posted by Silly-atus fan on October 26, 2002 at 11:44:40:
In Reply to: Why? posted by G Quirk on October 26, 2002 at 11:28:09:
:Why does it seem that most everyone on this forum bases there husbandry for Cresteds on weather info for New Caledonia? When in fact "all" Ciliatus come from the Isle of Pines whos humidity is determined by the prevailing ocean breeze and is more arid , just like the western side of Grand Terre the main island.
Maybe because they're called "New Caledonia Crested Geckos" not Pine Island Crested Geckos.
It's true that the various islands have their own variations in weather, but try to find the exact info for one particular island. It's easier to pick the info for New Caledonia, which is easier to find, and allow for some variation.
If you check the requirements for the various Rhacs, and pick a happy middle ground, you'll be close enough to keep cresties happy. If all else fails, close monitoring works wonders. If they're acting normal, eating, breeding etc., chances are you're on the right track. If they're acting out of sorts - make some changes.
As for keeping the humidity up around 80-90% - it's probably not too bad for them, but you have to make sure the ground and branches dry out thoroughly between mistings. Keeping things wet to keep up humidity is just inviting bacteria, mold and fungus to grow, leading to health problems. Best bet is to have lower humidity, but mist lightly a couple of times a day, and provide an area of higher humidity, keeping the general cage area drier.