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Extremely Bad Humidity Problem (URGENT)

Discussion in 'Pythons *General*' started by KKHerps, Feb 15, 2009.

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  1. KKHerps

    KKHerps Elite Member

    Okay, I woke up this morning to check on my snakes and my ball python’s humidity was 0%. I do not understand how. I keep him on 2 large bags of aspen shavings; he has an extra large water dish, and a lot of decorations.

    I took the advice from someone at HC to buy an electric therm. /hygrometer, but when I put it in, the humidity was all whack! Before when I used those circle ones with the arrow, the humidity read 45 50 60 and 80 percent.

    As for my carpet, her humidity always is at 30. I do not get it and is so frustrating. I don’t want any of my snakes to die.

    I need all the help I can get!!!!
  2. legalcmf

    legalcmf Elite Member

    I'm using those ring hydrogometer's! I'm maintaining Oscar with a humidifying fog machine too and it's reading what I was wanting it to read...let me know if you get advised otherwise (with regards to the ring hydrogometer's).

    Claire x
  3. legalcmf

    legalcmf Elite Member

    Another quick's the heat through two bags of aspen?
  4. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    0% humidity seems like a malfunction to me. Even a house in winter is usually at 20 or 30%.

    As for keeping the moisture in, what does your top look like?
  5. titus

    titus Elite Member Premium Member

    I agree, even 30% is low for most houses, 40-60% is about average though out the year in most. Anything outside of that normally has outside influences or very poor insulation.

    If your misting well once a day I can't see your humidity going much lower than 50% given a standard cage without a full screen top. If you do happen to have a full screen top I still wouldn't think it would go below 40% unless under extreme heat from a lamp.
  6. KKHerps

    KKHerps Elite Member

    Yeah I have a screen top, and the heat is pretty good legalcmf. I am putting a humidifier in my room.

    Do you think I should go back to those circle clock like meters?
  7. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    No, I think you got a bad digital one, and should try exchanging it.

    If your top is all screen, I would see about covering up half with wood or plastic. This will keep the humidity in.
  8. legalcmf

    legalcmf Elite Member

    You've probably got a defective one, take it back and exchange it :) they're more accurate than the round one's, as far as I know hon.

    I have an open screen on top for my Ball Python Oscar...I've got a small cage humidifier for him though :)

  9. KKHerps

    KKHerps Elite Member

    Thanks all! I'll get some plexiglass, will it work?
  10. legalcmf

    legalcmf Elite Member

    I'm sure it will :)
  11. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Yep, plexi is fine.
  12. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I agree. You have a defective unit. I have never even seen a 0% humidity reading. That would be drier than Death Valley!
  13. theHIguy

    theHIguy Active Member

    try covering the top of the cage with a towel at night thats what i do for my GTB
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