Northern humidity too high

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Northern humidity too high

Postby brokenheel » Thu May 28, 2020 6:16 am

I'm setting up my enclosure for an incoming northern, but it's hovering around 75-80% humidity with an ambient room humidity of 65-70ish. I know the usual range for northerns is like 30-60 so this is a good bit out. Is that okay? How can I decrease humidity? Substrate is currently cypress mulch, but maybe I should supplement and mix with aspen/carefresh?
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Re: Northern humidity too high

Postby splashy07 » Thu May 28, 2020 6:26 am

No aspen or carefresh. Have used both in the past for my northerns and nothing good came of it. Cypress mulch usually comes out of the bag damp, and may be dried simply by putting it in the cage and turning on heat lamp with plenty of ventilation. You may use repti bark or coco husk (what I use) also. I live on Long Island, therefore humidity is always over 60 in summer, but the lights keep the cages drier.
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Re: Northern humidity too high

Postby mb606587 » Thu May 28, 2020 1:13 pm

Your Northern will be fine. Research the average humidity in the Northern Territory of Australia during the wet season and you'll be surprised to see how high it gets. It is a common misconception that Northerns are low humidity reptiles. They simply tolerate those conditions. As Splashy noted, increased ventilation will help.
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Re: Northern humidity too high

Postby brokenheel » Thu May 28, 2020 2:06 pm

Sounds good thank you so much!

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