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Temperature and humidity problems

Discussion in 'Snakes' started by anthony346, Sep 8, 2018.


  1. anthony346

    anthony346 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello all,

    I have two boa constrictors, still very young. One was born in July, the other may. Since getting them home I'm having trouble with their vivs being set up correctly.

    One Viv I'm just about keeping on top of though I fear is shouldnt have to tend to it constantly to keep it right. The temps are fine and humidity jumps around all day from 50% to 85%.

    I've got to the point where I have to leave a slight crack in the door (locked still obviously) otherwise the humidity spikes to high and the glass get a condensation over it.

    The other one I have no hope in hell getting under control. I woke up this morning and humidity was 90% that's with the door slightly adjar all night!!

    I'm using digital hygrometers to measure. Heat mats under moisture holding bark substrate. Both tanks have a low powered 15w bulb to give a little light inside (on the hot side none the less).

    It's gotten to the point where I have both baby boas in the first tank which I can just about keep under control.

    Any help or ideas on how to bring these under control?
     
  2. anthony346

    anthony346 PetForums Newbie

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    The substrate was recommended by the reptile shop.
     
  3. dingal2000

    dingal2000 PetForums VIP

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    Change the substrate to aspen it’s perfectly acceptable for boa constrictors. If your boa loves soaking in his bowl and it spills over the bark will stay damp for ages an increase the humidity, Aspen is kinda like kitty litter , and soaks up moisture and is far easier to pick than bark, change it over and see how the humidity levels go
     
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    Victoria93 PetForums Newbie

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    I have a 10month old corn. Just bought him a new viv as he’s starting to grow quickly and out grew the one he’s in now. I’m having issues with the humidity. It’s been standing for 24hrs. I’ve used aspen bedding. Yet the humidity is still in its 70-80% no matter what I do I can’t get it down.. tried switching water bowls. Opening a window. But nothing is helping. It has plenty of ventilation. (I haven’t moved him into it yet) as I don’t want to until it’s at a perfect temp and humidity.
     
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    dingal2000 PetForums VIP

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    Have you got the hydrometer near the water bowl?
     
  6. Victoria93

    Victoria93 PetForums Newbie

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    No we haven’t. The meter is central in the back. And the bowl is to the right at the front
     
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    dingal2000 PetForums VIP

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    Any chance you have a fish tank near by? Hold on , what size Viv is he in?
     
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    Victoria93 PetForums Newbie

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    Nope no fish. He’s in a 3 by 2ft :)
     
  9. dingal2000

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    3 foots for some reason are strange to get completely right. More difficult to get a temperature gradient and correct humidity , 4 foot would probably be best .
    Just to see, try putting the hydrometer down the far end as far from the water bowl you can and see how much it changes , if it drops significantly then it may be the enclosure size itself
     
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