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Old 03-05-2016, 10:44 PM   #1
Morgans Boas
What temps do your gravid girls prefer ?

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.
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.....


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


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
Old 03-06-2016, 12:54 AM   #2
Randall Turner
Sorry I don't have any info to add, but do have a question. What size RHP are you using for the 4x2 enclosures? Since I started rebuilding my collection I've stuck with RHP. I'll be building 4'x2's next, and want to easily maintain a high hot spot when the time comes to breeding.
Old 03-06-2016, 12:05 PM   #3
Morgans Boas
What size RHP are you using for the 4x2 enclosures?
In the snake room, I'm using 11" x 18" at on end of each cage. The snake room is always at 70+ degrees.
The quarantine cages are in a cooler room so I use 2 smaller rhp's per cage, to keeps the temps up.
Each application is different.

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