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    Re: Anoles Brown a lot of the time

    Also here's how to tell male vs female for green anoles.



    Dak is Male and is on the left
    Aldrea is female and on the right.

    Notice how mush more vivid her stripe down the back is. even when stressed you can still see it. Also notice how much bigger dak and his head is compared to Aldreas.

    Here is another photo

    Again Dak on the left (lower)
    Aldrea right and upper.
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    Ok its all makeing sence. Can i get a humidifier from wallgreens and use pvc pipe to put the humidity into the tank? Alls there is is the Exo Terra fogger around my place. Ive looked at it before cus I was thinking of getting one.

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    Body coloration and patterning is not a reliable way to sex anoles, although it does offer clues. A more reliable way to sex anoles is to look for the presence of enlarged scales posterior to the vent. These scales lie between the vent and tail. Hemipenal bulges are also a reliable clue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboas View Post
    Ok its all makeing sence. Can i get a humidifier from wallgreens and use pvc pipe to put the humidity into the tank? Alls there is is the Exo Terra fogger around my place. Ive looked at it before cus I was thinking of getting one.
    First:
    Do you know whether your anoles are male or female?

    How long is your UVB bulb?
    A 10.0 is too high for your anoles. 10.0 bulbs are intended for desert reptiles that are terrestrial baskers. You need to use either a 2.0 or a 5.0 depending on your set up and powdering regimen.

    Are you gut-loading or powdering your feeder insects (crickets, for example)? If you're powdering them, what are you using?


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    Yes you can definitely use a personal humidifier from Wal-greens. As I stated before, do NOT use the Exo Terra fogger inside of your tank. The ONLY safe way to use this fogger is to house it outside of the tank, preventing exposure by your anoles.
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    Aja is covering everything you need to know! Listen to her!!! I hope everything gets fixed and your anoles live a happy life!
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    Ok Ill use that then for fogger, and its a male and female. I use sticky toung calcium with d3 powder also I gut loaded also, and I use fluckers for that. I might get the 2.0 becuse I do both with there food.

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    Cool If you your Calcium powder has d3, you could use either a 5.0 or a 2.0. But you have to make sure the anoles are able to bask without exposure to the UVB (especially if you use a 5.0). If you were using a Ca supplement without d3 then you would definitely want the 5.0.

    And make sure you're using a hood with something reflective on the inside! Some UVB will be reflected by the screen, and adding aluminum foil or the shiny stuff contained in the hood will compensate for this.

    Here's an example: As I said before, I have a 40 gallon with two basking spots. My 2.0 UVB is contained in the hood, and offset from the lights. I made a fogger from a Wal-greens humidifier, you can see the inlet tube on the left.


    Post a pic of your set up!
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    I have a reflector in the hood so I'm set there. when i get the helogin balb today should i shove the hood all the way on the other side of the tank or no, Im only useing a 2.0 UVB, and do I only use the heat bulb at night? Also the tube for the fog goes rite agenst the screen I take it? Im jealouse of your tank that is sweet! Im trying to post a pic hopefully it comes thru.
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    Heres a night pic also.
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    Re: Anoles Brown a lot of the time

    Quote Originally Posted by bigboas View Post
    I have a reflector in the hood so I'm set there. when i get the helogin balb today should i shove the hood all the way on the other side of the tank or no, Im only useing a 2.0 UVB, and do I only use the heat bulb at night? Also the tube for the fog goes rite agenst the screen I take it? Im jealouse of your tank that is sweet! Im trying to post a pic hopefully it comes thru.
    I would definitely offset the hood with the UVB so the anoles can bask for heat without exposure to the UVB.
    Yes my fog inlet is flush with the screen.
    Actually, I'm glad you brought that up! The night bulb slipped my mind. It looks like you're using a night bulb that gives off red light, or the bulb itself is red. You can't use these with anoles. The light prevents the anoles from keeping a regular photoperiod, and disrupts the sleep cycle. Anoles actually have a parietal eye located in the interparietal scale centered on top of the head. This "eye" is photoreceptive (light sensing) and is thought to regulate circadian rhythms (sleep cycles), and hormone production (important for thermoregulation). Further, though these bulbs are often advertised as night time heat bulbs, they give off radiation that is visible to anoles. If your home is fairly warm at night, producing tank temps 65*F or above, your anoles will be fine and won't need a night time heat source. My tank is typically about 64 to 65*F at night. If you do need a night time heat source, you should use a ceramic heat emitter (Ceramic Heat Emitter) because CHEs do not give off light, only heat. You'll want to choose a wattage equal to, or less than that of your basking lights. But I can't imagine that you'll need a night time heat source.

    Thanks for the compliment! My anoles seem to enjoy it

    Edit: You definitely need more green foliage. Your tank looks really bare which means no hiding places for the anoles.
    If you put these changes into action and meet your anoles' husbandry requirements, and give them security, they should turn green within a few hours. They should also become more active.

    I'm guessing they were trying to get away from the heat and UVB (both too high), while remaining hydrated (because rH was too low). Anoles turn brown for a variety of reasons: as a show of submission, to decrease albedo and absorb more solar radiation, and camouflage. But more often than not, it means stress.
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