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    Default Humidity - how high is too high?


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    Hello, my name is Schuyler. I'm very excited to be picking up my first pair of leo's next week, and have nearly everything good to go. My last big worry is humidity. I live in Western Washington and a lot of the time ambient humidity is 50-65%. I'm wondering if this would be fine for the geckos or if this will cause respiratory problems? I can't seem to find a definitive answer to this.

    If it is fine, should I omit the humid hide in lui of a second regular hide?

    If not should I keep them in a terrarium, rather than a rack system and use an Infrared light to try to bring it down to a more desert like condition?

    Thank you for any replies.

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    Hi Schuyler,

    Will these be your first leos ever? If so you may want to consider buying only one for now. There's just so much too learn which come with time and observation. Keeping a pet leo in optimal conditions can be a bit expensive. You want to have everything all set up and ready before the leo arrives in order to reduce stress and potential problems. As an adult averaging 9 inches, the enclosure should be 4x's the size of the leo, 36 inches long minimum.

    In regards to the humidity, just wait to see what you end up with after everything is set up. If it remains constantly over 60%, I would suggest a dehumidifier. If your room has air conditioning, it will reduce the humidity and you may be fine. Personally, I maintain the humidity in the enclosure between 40-50% at all times. This helps prevent dehydration and shedding problems.

    Hope this helps.
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    Hi Schuyler ~

    Welcome to Geckos Unlimited!

    If not should I keep them in a terrarium, rather than a rack system and use an Infrared light to try to bring it down to a more desert like condition?
    I totally like terrariums over racks any day. You'll be able to watch and enjoy your leo more.

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