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Posted by Bill_Strand on April 21, 2003 at 18:40:01:
In Reply to: Humidity in outdoor setups posted by GregW on April 21, 2003 at 15:13:59:
My method is to provide dense plant growth over bare earth. This will block the winds and keep in the humidity the Earth releases. You will be able to create a humid microenvironment and control the highest level of humidity by how wet you make the ground. We get horribly dry, hot winds every year (Santa Anas) and I have been able to keep humidity loving quads through bone dry 100 degree days and they do great (of course, they hide where it is wet and cool). A misting setup hooked to your hose will also offset the dry day.
So, under these conditions, the panther would warm up in the morning by basking and then move to the cooler, darker, more humid protected areas closer to the ground (make sure there are perching branches that are well protected by the leafing plants). When the misting system goes on during the warmest, most dry part of the day he can either go up and "bathe" in it or else the water dripping down will cool him if he decides to stay in his green hide-out.
You will need large enough cages (6-7 feet high) to pull this off, though. If you are putting them out in small cages (4' tall) then you will have to rely on the misting system.