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Posted by Carlton on April 15, 2003 at 14:00:54:
In Reply to: Orion is getting better! A few ?s posted by chimbakka on April 15, 2003 at 12:14:39:
That's a good sign! Orion may well make up his growth over time, so don't compare him to others and fret yourself over what you can't really change. I suspect you will still love him LOL! As for your questions about humidity and temps. There is no perfect answer, as every house, room, cage, climate outdoors, etc. will affect what works for you. It is not an exact science, and there probably isn't a perfect answer that will "cure" him immediately. Best advice is to watch him. He will probably show you what he prefers. If he avoids the heat spot it's probably too hot. If he lurks under it for hours he's too cool. If he stays in a humid part of the cage most of the time that's the range he prefers. If he spends most of his time in a dryer area with lots of air exchange he may prefer this. Did you read the species profiles on adcham.com? I think they are breaking it down into locales for panthers. Sometimes the more you read the more conflicts in advice will confuse you more than ever. As for humidity, I think 50% is too low, and 95% is unnecessary. Again, the key may be having a cycle that ranges from a dryer period of 65% up to a high of 95% rather than trying to maintain the same level 24-7. His wild habitat would not be that stable, and a constant high will breed mold. You can create a dry/wet cycle multiple times in 24 hours using that humidifier and a multiple setting lamp timer.