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  • What temps do your gravid girls like ?

    I keep all of my Boas in enclosures with an 80-90 degree variant ( hot side/cool side ). My Adults that are kept in 4'x2' cages or bigger, are all heated with RHP's ...... When I have a female ovulate, I'll throw in additional belly heat on a separate thermostat. The gravid females will gravitate over to the warmer side of the cage and coil up into the "heat conservation position" (HCP) . I will increase the belly heat a degree or two each day, until the female stays on the warmer side of the cage, but doesn't stay all coiled up . This temperature is usually 95, and up. This is higher than a lot of people like to go, but in my observations, that's where they "incubate" with the best results.
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    This girl spends most of her time on the cool side, but while gravid, she hangs out regularly , and directly on the hot spot at 98ish.....

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    This girl is so full, and hanging on the hot spot at 95 degrees (ignore the urates) . . .

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    Back in the day (before the internet), I had big/tall cages with branches and heat lights. I'd find gravid females in the branches that were over 100 degrees. Just in case you're wondering .... they still have a cooler side that's in the lower 80's. Take care, D

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    Re: What temps do your gravid girls like ?

    Thats is a great pic, but what is that sticking out, inside of the enclosure
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      Re: What temps do your gravid girls like ?

      but what is that sticking out, inside of the enclosure
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      Those are temp probes for the RHP's

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        Re: What temps do your gravid girls like ?

        Thanks for that info. I have been thinking about getting RHPs for the girls and I think you just convinced me.
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          Re: What temps do your gravid girls like ?

          Very nice, my females are usually around 91-92 range.

          Side note, RHP are my absolute favorite. I feel it works so much better than Heat tape. I have Freedom Breeders so I'm kinda bought into the heat tape but I miss my cages with RHPs.


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