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    Default Cold Weather Tips for Reptile, Amphibian & Invertebrate Owners


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    Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. Iím a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over 20 years with the Bronx Zoo
    Whether you keep a single, cold-hearty Common Snapping Turtle or a large collection of tropical lizards, frogs and tarantulas, cold winter weather brings certain challenges. This is especially true for those of us who, in the interests of environmental and financial responsibility, do not wish to super-heat our homes in order to satisfy our petsí needs. While working at the Bronx Zoo, I always sought the advice of our staff electricians when faced with heating issues. Today Iíll review what Iíve learned there concerning various types of heating devices, cage material and location, insulation and other topics that take on special importance when temperatures drop. Read the rest of this article here Cold Weather Tips for Reptile & Amphibian Pets | That Reptile Blog
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    Thanks Frank. Good topic for this time of year. Something that I like to have around that I didn't see mentioned in your article for emergency winter heat is a blue flame heater. These are inexpensive, run off of propane (ie BBQ grill tank or smaller camping tanks), and don't require any electricity at all. They tend to be inexpensive and come in a variety of sizes that can heat anything from a small room all the way up to an entire house. They are also "vent free" and don't require any special exhaust, etc and tend to be small in size so they are easy to store when not in use. Mine is a "Mr. Heater" brand and can be found easily with a google search. There are also other brands out there. They can run as cheap as $50 or so and up into the a couple hundred. But more than once, mine has saved my collection (and kept me warm) during a power outage in the winter months. They are pretty efficient too. I can get several days of constant use out of a single BBQ grill sized tank.
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