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Posted by RHACO-JACKO on September 25, 2002 at 08:36:08:
In Reply to: belly heat? posted by STARMOM on September 24, 2002 at 21:26:10:
I have reviewed climatic\humidity fluctuations along with talking extensively with experienced Rhacodactylus breeders and have found that as long as the enclosure temp.'s are kept @ room temp.'s (70-80F) the cresties will be fine, hence no supplemental heating needed. The temp.'s on New Caledonia and loyalty islands can fluctuate from a low of app. 67 F to a high of app. 80f (some other sources may say a low of 63F to a high of 85F) throughout the year with an average humidity level of 75%. My enclosure temps. will fall to about 68F at night (after misting) at this time of year and will be app.75F during the day. During the cooler months (for me beginning this time of year, eastcoast USA) I will only mist the cresties cages once at night and being the leachies are more temperature tolerant I mist their cage in the morning and evening. In the summer months I dont let the enclosure temps exceed 84F and will mist the enclosures 2-3 times a day for both cresties and leachies, depending on the temps. The above has worked for me without providing a secondary heat source, I do however provide a flourescent light bulb to mimic the day cycle. Hope the above helps