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Posted by greg schroeder on December 12, 2002 at 11:04:54:
In Reply to: Mist Machine with oxygen bubbles??>>>>>>>>>>>>> posted by gregiuspython on December 11, 2002 at 12:23:22:
:I've heard of a mist machine that creates moisture from bubbles of oxygen instead of water (or something like that), for less bactirial problems in the terrariums. How it works? it must be a very good solution for all rain forest snakes and lizards. Any suggestions?
That does sound like a great set up. If it's really making or adding oxygen it would be more like their natural environment. Generally in our cities we are seeing a drastic reduction of oxygen content and it keeps falling because of the destruction of the rain forests of the world. The rain forest were these animals come from, no doubt, has an exponentially higher level of oxygen in the air than our captive snake environments. Absorption of oxygen into a living creature's blood is critical to prevention of disease. I'd imagine some of the issues which plague import green tree pythons from bacterial infestation, resulting mainly with URI, are a direct result of immune deficient results from the lack of oxygen when combined with the parasites which the animals would normally exist with functionally in the wild.
I do believe oxygen is an overlooked husbandry detail which would normally be overlooked, and could be beneficial to care of more sensitive species.