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    Our central a/c unit died yesterday and it's probably going to get to be a bit before I can get it fixed. Most gradient recommendations are for a cool side no more than 75*F - right now that just isn't quite possible.

    The house is staying between 77 and 80* and down to the lower 70's at night. I'm in the mountains in Va so most days are in the mid to high 80s and the 60s at night. So far they are both still switching between their cool and warm hides as normal. There is a ceiling fan in the room and at night the windows are open.

    Not sure if ambient temps of 77-80 in the cage is too much. I am assuming they will be fine and I'm just overly worried, but I thought I'd ask the experts lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpottedDragon View Post
    Our central a/c unit died yesterday and it's probably going to get to be a bit before I can get it fixed. Most gradient recommendations are for a cool side no more than 75*F - right now that just isn't quite possible.

    The house is staying between 77 and 80* and down to the lower 70's at night. I'm in the mountains in Va so most days are in the mid to high 80s and the 60s at night. So far they are both still switching between their cool and warm hides as normal. There is a ceiling fan in the room and at night the windows are open.

    Not sure if ambient temps of 77-80 in the cage is too much. I am assuming they will be fine and I'm just overly worried, but I thought I'd ask the experts lol
    77*-80*F ambient is fine! Even constant mid-80s+ is OK for a while. Aliza lives back East USA. She has no A/C. Sometimes her summer temps exceed mid-80s. She's reported that her leos do alright.

    Do you have 2 leos right now?

    Look up swamp coolers.

    1. Do whatever you can to keep things cool like using that ceiling fan with open windows at night.
    2. Reduce night room heat to 60*F.
    3. Lower blinds and shades where possible.
    4. Have you an interior room that might be cooler?
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    Not only to my leos do OK, even my crested geckos and gargoyles do OK!

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    Thanks! I appreciate the response. There are only two, and the ball python - and they are already in an interior room on the side of the house that never gets any sun. They both are doing fine so far
    I never used a/c unless the house got above 80 at least until I got the geckos (since the bp didn't care if temps were in the 80's).
    That's good to know for when the a/c is fixed too - I can keep the house set higher and not work it as hard
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpottedDragon View Post
    Thanks! I appreciate the response. There are only two, and the ball python - and they are already in an interior room on the side of the house that never gets any sun. They both are doing fine so far
    I never used a/c unless the house got above 80 at least until I got the geckos (since the bp didn't care if temps were in the 80's).
    That's good to know for when the a/c is fixed too - I can keep the house set higher and not work it as hard
    You are welcome, SpottedDragon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Not only to my leos do OK, even my crested geckos and gargoyles do OK!

    Aliza
    Just for the record how high have room temps been for short times during excessive heat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    Just for the record how high have room temps been for short times during excessive heat?
    Not sure what you mean by "How high" but generally when it's up to about 90F outside, I don't do anything special. If it gets up into the high 90's (which means my living room will also be around there) I put ice packs or frozen water bottles in the crestie and gargoyle enclosures. If I lived in a climate where it was like that for weeks or months on end it would be a different story, but it's usually only a few days.

    Aliza

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    Quote Originally Posted by acpart View Post
    Not sure what you mean by "How high" but generally when it's up to about 90F outside, I don't do anything special. If it gets up into the high 90's (which means my living room will also be around there) I put ice packs or frozen water bottles in the crestie and gargoyle enclosures. If I lived in a climate where it was like that for weeks or months on end it would be a different story, but it's usually only a few days.

    Aliza
    Thanks so much!
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
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    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L kimhowelli) ~ (P tigrinus) ~ (P klemmeri) ~ (H garnotii)

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