Safe conditions for Reptiles and Amphibians

Problem

Depending on the species, reptiles and amphibians may be sensitive to factors such as UV and UVB light, photoperiod,water pH (for semi-aquatic species), and of course temperature and humidity. One characteristic of reptiles is that they are "cold-blooded", meaning they cannot control their body temperature. Reptile temperatures are usually close to the climate temperature in the environment around them.

Solution

Verify if your pet is a tropical or temperate species. Then fully research the environmental requirements of that species and maintain them. Some species will require conditions outside of those considered normal for most reptiles and/or amphibians, so don’t go for one size fits all recommendations. It is critical to research factors for your particular species, including ball python temperature, ball python care, turtle care, iguana care, bearded dragon care, etc. Make sure to perform your due diligence learning about your pet's care requirements, as sickness or even death can occur when a habitat is not set up or maintained correctly.

Reptile Care Tips: The recommended conditions listed below are guidelines for keeping your pet safe. ALWAYS check with your veterinarian for specific temperature and humidity settings for your pet.

  • Safe Ball Python Care: Safe humidity conditions for ball pythons are between 50-60% relative humidity. Safe temperatures for ball pythons are between 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit (26-27 degrees Celsius). Ambient temperatures should never fall below 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius). Ball Pythons also require a basking area, which should be kept at 88-96 degrees Fahrenheit (31-36 degrees Celsius).
  • Safe Bearded Dragon Care: Safe humidity conditions for bearded dragons are between 20-35% relative humidity. Safe temperatures for bearded dragons are between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit (24-29 degrees Celsius) during the day and 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (18-24 degrees Celsius) at night. Bearded dragons also require a basking area, which should be kept between 90-115 degrees Fahrenheit (32-46 degrees Celsius).
  • Safe Iguana Care: Safe humidity conditions for iguanas are between 65-75% relative humidity. Safe temperature conditions for iguanas are between 85-95 degrees Fahrenheit (29-35 degrees Celsius) during the day. Nighttime temperature should never drop below 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius). As with many reptiles, Iguanas like having a basking area, which typically can be kept as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius).
  • Safe Leopard Gecko Care: Safe humidity conditions for leopard geckos are between 20-35% relative humidity. Safe leopard gecko temperature should be 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit (24-29 degrees Celsius) during the day and 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit (18-24 degrees Celsius) at night. Leopard geckos also require a basking area, which should be kept between 90-115 degrees Fahrenheit (32-46 degrees Celsius)
  • Safe Turtle Care: Safe temperatures for turtles are generally between 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit (24-28 degrees Celsius) generally during the daytime. Nighttime temperature should be kept between 70-75°F (21-24 degrees Celsius), while a basking temperature of 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit (35-38 degrees Celsius) is recommended. IMPORTANT: Turtle species from different geographic regions have different needs in terms of humidity, and may also vary with regard to temperature. Fully research your specific pet’s needs before setting up a habitat.
  • Safe Tortoise Care: Recommendations for tortoises are slightly different than their turtle counterparts. Generally, safe temperatures for tortoises are between 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit (21-29 degrees Celsius) during the daytime. Nighttime temperature should be kept between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit (16-21 degrees Celsius), while a basking temperature of 95-100 degrees Fahrenheit (35-38°C) is recommended. IMPORTANT: Certain tortoise species (such as the Red Footed Tortoise) may require humid conditions while others (such as the Greek and Russian Tortoises) require an arid environment. Fully research your specific pet’s needs before setting up a habitat.

AcuRite Reptile Thermostat:

  • Monitor Temperature and Humidity Conditions with a Reptile Thermostat
  • Use a Home Environment Display for convenient viewing of conditions measured by multiple Monitors and Sensors in multiple rooms around your home.
    • Set alarms on the display to alert you of hazardous conditions. These can include dangerously low or high air temperature, humidity, or water temperature.

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