Reptile owners and enthusiasts take great care to ensure their exotic pet’s environment is enjoyable and comfortable. From large and expensive aquariums to complex feeding and hydration systems to rocks and foliage, the possibilities are endless.
The importance of Temperature and Humidity for reptiles and amphibians
The most important thing to remember is that reptiles are cold-blooded animals. This is why humid and warm conditions are essential for most species. Reptile species vary, but most require a constant temperature between 70 to 85°F with basking areas that reach over 100°F.
Proper humidity is just as important as temperature. It also varies depending on the animal. Some lizards such as the Red Ackie, Leopard Gecko or Bearded Dragon require 80 to 90 percent humidity while some snakes like a Corn snake or Ball Python prefer 30 to 50 percent. Knowing the exact needs of your exotic animal is essential for their safety and longevity. Below are charts that can assist you in determining your pets most desirable temperature and humidity levels. They are only intended as an initial reference. Be sure to consult your local shop’s expert for recommendations specific to your animal.
|Average Temperature Range||Average Basking Temperature||Relative Humidity|
Mojave Rattlesnake, Speckled Rattlesnake, Red Racer, Rosy Boa, Horned Lizard, Desert Iguana, Long-tailed Brush Lizard, Desert Night Lizard, Desert Tortoise, Western Pond Turtles
|65-85°F (18-29°C)||90-110°F (32-43°C)||10-30%|
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake, Common Garter Snake, Rubber Boa, Copperhead, Gecko, Python, Box Turtles and Toads, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
|65-85°F (18-29°C)||90-100°F (32-38°C)||30-50%|
TROPICAL / SEMI-AQUATIC
Boa Constrictor, Cave Dwelling Ratsnake, Green Tree Python, Iguana, Leaf Chameleon, Green Eyed Gecko, Ringneck Snake, Mud Snake, Tokay Gecko, Green Iguana, Anole
|70-85°F (21-29°C)||85-95°F (29-35°C)||50-80%|
|African Fat-Tailed Gecko||> 50%|
|African Sulcata Tortoise||> 45%|
|Amazon Tree Boa||80-90%|
|Argentine Black & White Tegu||80-90%|
|East African Spiny-tailed Lizard||50-60%|
|Emerald Tree Boa||80-90%|
|Golden Tree Frog||> 60%|
|Green Tree Frog||> 65%|
|Green Tree Python||80-90%|
|Inland Bearded Dragon||40%|
|Ornate Horned Frog||50-70%|
|Red-eyed Tree Frog||60-70%|
|Red-tailed Boa Constrictor||75%|
|Thai Water Dragon||60-80%|
|Tiger Salamander||> 70%|
|White's Tree Frog||50-60%|
The Ideal Thermometer/Hygrometer For Your Vivarium
Once you have determined the correct temperature and humidity ranges for your pet, you’re ready for SensorPush. It is a compact wireless thermometer/hygrometer that constantly monitors your terrarium and its changes, pushing data to your iOS or Android smartphone. You can be alerted of less than ideal conditions when you're in Bluetooth range, when you're nearby and able to take action.
Data and graphs will also be readily available for you to view at your convenience. Aquarium environments are constantly changing. From sunlight and airflow to changes in outdoor and ambient temperature, it’s important to be aware of when and why these changes happen. Proper temperature and humidity is key and knowing when to make adjustments is necessary for your pet’s survival.
Monitoring an exotic animal's climate has never before been this easy and enjoyable. The SensorPush removes the guesswork when it comes to your pet’s conditions. Regardless of your choice of reptile, you can rest assured that SensorPush will accurately deliver the temperature and humidity data necessary to keep it happy and healthy.