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Some temperature verification

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 12:56 pm
by Menidia
I was wondering if I could get some verification on if these temperatures are good for a northern? I am using an Arcadia heat projector on thermostat set for 94 degrees. When the skink is on the slate the temp gun reads 96.6, the slate itself is 98.6, and there’s an elevated cork bark piece at 104, but it never goes up there. The cool side is 75-77.

I did notice that it doesn’t spend much time basking when I have the temperature on the thermostat set much above 94. It’s pretty active though and occasionally tries to wedge the sliding doors open... is that a sign it’s unhappy with its enclosure? It does it maybe a couple times a day. The humidity is a bit high at 68, I’ve been mixing and letting the layers dry which is lowly bringing it down.

Thank you for any insight!

Re: Some temperature verification

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 1:25 pm
by mb606587
Yes those temperatures will work fine. Some people do use higher basking temperatures, myself included, but my skinks also bask more frequently at those temperatures. You're giving your skink different options to thermoregulate, which is a good thing. It will choose where it needs to be and as long as your skink is eating and pooping consistently, I wouldn't worry. The humidity at 68% isn't oppressively high either. Nothing they wouldn't typically encounter throughout the summer in Northern Australia. As for trying to escape the enclosure, how large is the skink and the size of the enclosure? By your description of the sliding door, I'd assume the Exo Terra 36" x 18", which if I'm correct in my assumption, can be on the smaller side for a Northern, which is typically several inches larger than most other skinks.

Re: Some temperature verification

Posted: Tue May 05, 2020 1:41 pm
by Menidia
Thanks for the fast reply!

I was seeing people using higher temperatures so I was just a little unsure. I’ve had it set to 98 before and it would only spend the early hours basking before the temperature ramped up fully so I suppose I just have a cool basker.

What does have me questioning a bit is that it will poop maybe 2 days after eating and it has been a bit watery the last two months, though it started after I moved apartments so maybe it’s still settling in? It firms up and takes a perfect shape yet orange color if I add some organic pumpkin to its food. That said it’s eating like a champ!

Sorry I should’ve specified the enclosure, it’s a 60”x24” custom pvc cage. I did start it in a 40B and by 6 months it was going absolutely nuts. It’s behavior now isn’t like that at least, just kind of pushing a couple times a day at the door.

Re: Some temperature verification

Posted: Thu May 14, 2020 8:50 am
by splashy07
They will all look for a means of escape at times, that is perfectly normal. I'm starting to know how they feel with all this quarantine crap. Males especially while in season will constantly try and get out. I have a similar cage for one of my northern girls that I had to put a lock on. I would suggest that anyway as those doors are quite easily opened.

Re: Some temperature verification

Posted: Fri May 15, 2020 3:42 am
by Menidia
Thank you Splashy, it does seem like it just tests the doors from time to time, they are definitely flimsier being made out of polycarbonate instead of glass and I think it knows that!