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Posted by Silly-atus fan on October 26, 2002 at 15:02:35:
In Reply to: Re: Why? posted by G Quirk on October 26, 2002 at 14:05:05:
: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 %.
If they're in a glass tank, you can bet your sweet bippy there's very little airflow (unless there's a fan). What most people go by is what's stated in books. Unfortunately books don't say 80% humidity "with constant breeze to prevent stagnant air". In a tank with more than <60% or so and little or no circulation, you can expect to find mold, fungus and who knows what else just waiting to cause URI. Even chameleons who need high humidity still need good airflow or they suffer from respiratory problems. About the only animals I can think of offhand that can live with little airflow and high humidity of 80%+ are ground dwelling amphibians. Arboreal geckos and leaf frogs are exposed to some breeze and airflow just by living in trees. The way to minimize problems is lower humidity in captivity, some airflow, let the cage/tank dry out considerably between misting, and provide a humid area the gecko can hide in when more moisture is needed.
Like you, I have my Rhacs at room humidity around 40%. It's a challenge to keep it that high with a furnace and the naturally lower humidity in winter. I get around that with hide boxes, peat substrate with bark slabs they can hide under while sleeping. I've never had shedding problems with any Rhacs, no problems associated with high humidity, and they are active, eat and breed like there's no tomorrow.