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 #2311801


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 Worried the basking area is to hot?

Getting a cage together for a adult yellow Niger uromastyx. Bought a temp gun and learned the surface temp under the basking light hit 155F in the hottest spot. Most temp was around the 140s (still basking area). The light is over sand had to take out rock because it was even hotter. I can’t raise my light any higher but I could get a lower watt bulb. Rest of the tank is right where it should be. My main question is this temp going to put my uromastyx in danger and what is to hot for these awesome creatures?



01/11/15  08:44pm

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  Message To: Frank33   In reference to Message Id: 2311801


 Worried the basking area is to hot?

Sorry for the late reply but I did some researching for you about the basking temps and I read that it should be from either 110°F-120°F or 120°F-130°F. I keep my water monitor basking spot at 130 and it was the same for my mali uro who passed away a few years ago from impaction.



01/14/15  03:03pm

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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2311856


 Worried the basking area is to hot?

Thanks for the reply. I put a extension cord with a dimmer switch on my light. First day experimenting and seems to have bought the temp down a little. I was wondering if anyone knows if using a dimmer switch on a reptile light bulb will affect how long that bulb will last? Bulb is a 160w zoo med powersun mercury vapor. They have a year warranty but I don’t want to be going thru bulbs like crazy if it’s going to ruin it.



01/14/15  08:35pm

 #2311884


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  Message To: Frank33   In reference to Message Id: 2311877


 Worried the basking area is to hot?

Did some research. Apparently I’m not supposed to use a rheostat (dimmer switch) with that kind of bulb. So back to where I was before awesome :(



01/14/15  10:35pm

 #2311911


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  Message To: Frank33   In reference to Message Id: 2311884


 Worried the basking area is to hot?

Finally broke down and got a lower watt bulb. Basking areas in the 120-130s. Saw him basking in it today before work!!!! No more need for me to worry.



01/15/15  10:33pm

 #2311947


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  Message To: Frank33   In reference to Message Id: 2311911


 Worried the basking area is to hot?

I realize this is all figured out for you now... But most guys in the monitor forum would make an array of 2 or 4 or more lamps to create a basking spot and only 1 of them would be emitting UVB.

Of course we are talking much larger lizards than the euro you have ....but the heating and UVb were so similar that many adopted the monitor enclosure style heating and basking methods with small modifications...

Glad to hear he is basking and getting comfortable.

congrats



01/16/15  09:25pm


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