Questions on snake cistern for globe python ?
ok heres the deal i just got a snake cistern for my ball python. i have the tempature climbing and the humidity is at 30 and it should be around 70 i have humidity moss surrounded by their. but not sure of thats enough. the tank is a 75 gal. and i also enjoy a UTH with a rock 1/2 way on it. will that burn the snake? and is their any other secrets to raise the humidity?
Keep it at 70% all the time is certian to result in a sick snake.
75 is pretty massive even for an adult ball python. Most snakes get stressed near larger tanks. I would recommend a 40g or at the max a 55.
Raise the temp on the hotside..basking spot around 90. Cool side is fine.
If you want it humid next..
Get an 150 watt Reptile Basking Spot Light and some saphagnum moss around the hot spot. Get an 100 watt nightlight for night. Put Sphagnum moss all over the bedding for extra humidity.
I'm assuming you have a 75 gallon glass vivarium with a eyeshade top.
1.) Cover 2/3 of the top screen with tin-foil. You can use duct tape to stick it on here.
2.) Use cypress bed substrate (you can get at Petsmart or similar). The T-Rex brand is pretty good. Cypress holds humidity better than aspen or newspaper.
3.) Use a waterbowl big ample for your snake to soak in.
4.) Get a mister (I use the Mist'R Lizard brand from Petsmart) and mist the enclosure twice a day.
A plain rock higher than a UTH is fine. Do you use a ceramic heat lamp as in good health? If so, then that's a killer on the humidity. If you have the money, invest on a radiant bake panel instead. It does not affect humidity much.
Also, join this community: www.ball-pythons.net
Lots of experts there (Like Brian from BHB and Adam from 8ballpythons) that will assistance you with any question you may have.