Ideal humidity in home habitats for exotic pets
Adequate atmospheric saturation must often be achieved with the help of humidification systems, according to the microclimatic conditions of a home. This is relatively easy to solve in terms of thermal comfort for humans, however, when you have exotic pets, which require specific environments in terms of humidity,
temperature and even atmospheric pressure, it could become a more complicated issue.
For example, in the case of reptiles, need special habitats to adapt to the original conditions of their own ecosystems. In that sense, sunlight, heating, air conditioning, and humidification, among others, will be very useful.
Precisely, to emulate a subtropical climate for amphibians, the ultrasonic humidifier or the nebulizer itself must be located very well in the recreated natural landscape; the same goes for reptile terrariums.
The important thing about the humidifying system is to take into account its characteristics for its operating capacity, such as a good-sized tank so that the need to add water is not so frequent during a certain period of time. Likewise, it is best to choose the quietest mechanism, for the optimal rest of iguanas, turtles, chameleons, etc., during their sleeping hours.
Humidifiers of any kind play a fundamental role in the development of pets and their quality of life. An
excessively low atmospheric saturation will undoubtedly wreak havoc on little animals, especially reptiles and amphibians; they could suffer from dehydration, the symptoms of which would be reflected in the form of damaged skin, dry eyes, and the perception of sinking in the same, and in the worst case, death.
Everything is about maintaining humidification and desiccation for the balance of the habitat. Take iguanas as an example, whose terrariums must not only be spacious, but also have a structure that facilitates ventilation, and the subsequent control of humidity and temperature. Generally, these specimens require ultraviolet lighting, either through sunlight, or artificially through special bulbs; this will help them to have a lot of vitamin D. As for air conditioning in general, a thermometer and hygrometer will be needed instead, for the exact measurements of these parameters that are so important for this type of reptile. Generally, the humidity level of the iguana habitat should permeate between 50% and 70%, although these variations will depend on the species and its climatic origins. In this sense, it is recommended to place humidifiers and desiccant systems to generate a thermal balance.
In the case of the chameleon, it is possible that it shows more sensitivity in terms of variations in temperature and humidity. It is known that it is more susceptible to these climatic parameters, so more care should be taken. It has to be provided with the ideal habitat for its development and quality of life. Likewise, ventilation, temperature and humidity are elements to maintain in their terrariums. The most acceptable
temperature range for the chameleon to develop in its home habitat, is between 25 and 28 degrees Celsius, with natural or artificial ultraviolet lighting. In order for the thermal sensation in the animal to be the most satisfactory, the terrarium must have humidity meters, and that these reflect at least 70% of atmospheric saturation, and a maximum of 80%. For this reason, the inclusion of ultrasonic humidifiers is essential for these areas, but taking care to properly dose the water particles in the terrarium and, above all, taking care that the water supply for the humidifying system, is as pure as possible, without any type of hardness, which could be a problem for the animal’s habitat.
In general, the care of exotic species should be monitored by a specialist. If you want to have a terrarium with a specific reptile, it is essential to be adequately informed, about all the care involved in certain animal species, especially those that are very sensitive to thermal variations, where humidity plays an essential role.