|# Posted: 9 Feb 2004 00:16
is there such thing as too hot of a basking spot, as long as there is enough room to move away, does it matter what the top temp is, for example Im heating for 95 degs but all I can get is 105 in the high point, cant the creature just move away if its too hot? or do I have to move the light farther away?
|# Posted: 9 Feb 2004 02:54
What type of animal? Generally you can trust reptiles and amphibians to regulate their body temperature correctly. If you are able to provide cooler areas in the cage and the light bulb isn't over heating the entire cage then their shouldn't be a large problem. Burns happen when there is only one heat source in the cage and it's not large enough to heat the whole animal (example: hot rocks). You should be able to lower the basking spot temperature by either moving the light bulb farther away from the top of the cage or by switching to a lower wattage light bulb. Good luck,
|# Posted: 9 Feb 2004 02:56 · Edited by: x5dmr
I would move it away a little bit. The frogs can move away when they get to warm, but the higher heat will cause the moisture to evaporate more quickly in the tank and you might. And depending on what plants you are using, you might cause them some stress.
I know plants can handle high heat, but that is usually for short intervals just like when it gets super hot in the summer for a short period of time.
but i guess most of the plants used are tropical, so i guess that doesn't matter.
So it might not really matter, i am not sure.
But in my opinion i would move it a way a bit.
hope my nonsense rambling helped
|# Posted: 10 Feb 2004 04:40 · Edited by: Knot
Yes, frogs and toads in general like moderately cool temperatures. Even those found in a climate that can reach 100 degree during the day will only come out at night when it is considerably cooler by as much as 20 degree. The basking spot should ideally be around 80 degree for most frogs. i think the whites and pace-man like the cage temperature around 75-85 degree. But most frog don't like it when the ambient air temperature exceed 82 degree. This being said it is important to keep the cage substrate moist at all time. Frogs dry out very quickly, as what happened to my pac-man. i let the cage dry out when she hibernate, and it was fatal. Frogs and toads like moisture. And high temperture will make them dry out even quicker. Everyday, I saw my baby toads soaking in the water dish when he wasn't catching the crickets.