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Posted by Silly-atus fan on October 14, 2002 at 09:39:16:
In Reply to: about the temps.......(hey you experienced folk jump in here posted by STARMOM on October 14, 2002 at 06:40:49:
Ideal temperatures range from 22°C to 25.5°C (approx eqivalent to 72°-78°F) daytime, and 20.5°C to 23.5°C (69°-74°F) at night.
There's actual weather info for New Caledonia at Crested Gecko International site owned by Emerson Sy who knows REALLY crested geckos and is one of the people whose info you can trust. The site has the entire year's average temperature high/low's, rainfall and humidity charts.
It shows the average max/min temperatures. Except for the few geckos who have managed to find a micro-habitat that's warmer for some reason, you'll see that temperatures in the 70's°F is ideal, LOW 80's°F is pushing it, and above 85 is getting into the extremes, best avoided unless you're imitating an extremely hot record breaking weather pattern. The data on the website cites 18 year averages, (can also be verified with weather data websites), barring unusual and extreme weather patterns, the high temp max ranges to 83°F, the normal miniumum being around 64°F.
What it all boils down to is -- if you're comfy, so are they, don't add extra heat. If it's too hot for you, it is for them too - cool them off (extra mistings will help, since high humidity makes life easier for them when it's hot). Since we tend to keep our houses at comfy temperatures for us, it's most likely unnecessary to add extra heat for cresties (and other Rhacs), but cooling them down could well be needed in summer.