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Posted by G Quirk on October 26, 2002 at 14:05:05:
In Reply to: Re: Why? posted by Silly-atus fan on October 26, 2002 at 11:44:40:
My point exactly, except that we do know that the Isle of Pines is not as humid, it is only 7.5 x 7.2 miles and if you check the info on New Caledonia, the farther south you get the less rainfall and the more the ocean dries it out, and the Isle of Pines is off the southern tip.So you must agree that these animals have far different humidity requirements than the mainland species(except for Auriculatus which comes from the more Arid western side of the island).The main reason I bring all this up, is I was challenged in a previous post by someone who stated that Ciliatus was a high humidity species and that I was passing out false info, when I stated that I kept and bred Ciliatus for 6 years at 30-40% humidity with misting twice a week. And that I believe that keeping them at 80% is bad for them health wise and would eventually cause them problems, especially when there is inadequate airflow, to keep most enclosures at that kind of %.
::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.