Basking Temp for Panther

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Debbie61, Dec 10, 2010.

  1. Debbie61

    Debbie61 New Member

    Just making the final adjustments for my Chameleon that will be here on Tuesday. He is an Ambilobe (over 2 years old). What should the basking temp be at?
  2. Michael Ryan

    Michael Ryan New Member

    Ideal basking temp for a panther would be about 83-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. carol5208

    carol5208 Chameleon Enthusiast

    it can even be a little higher than what michaelryan said. It would be ok.
  4. jannb

    jannb Chameleon Enthusiast

    I agree with Michael. I keep the basking spot for my daughter's panthers at 84.
  5. Michael Ryan

    Michael Ryan New Member

    Yeah up to around 87 would be 'ok', anything over this would be too hot.:)
  6. Debbie61

    Debbie61 New Member

    Thank you all. When I checked the temp today it was 94. So I will put a lower wattage bulb in and see where I'm at with it. Thanks again, I'm sure I'll have more questions when he gets here on Tuesday.
  7. reptoman

    reptoman Avid Member

    It might be helpful for you to be able to adjust the height of the basking light as well. Just changing the wattage does not always get you the optimal temp. I screwed a small wooden shelf to the wall behind my cage with one screw in a center support and can rotate the shelf the raise or lower the light a few inches either way. You will find that the temp fluctuates quite a bit during the course of a day. You could use just a piece of wood (something like a 1x2 about 8" long) with one screw as long as it was wide enough to clamp the light to it. Hope this helps!
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  8. Debbie61

    Debbie61 New Member

    Thanks Reptoman, But don't think that the hubby is going to let me do that. It might clash with his sword display :) He is currently working on something that will work for adjusting height.
  9. During the day, my cage temps run from 71deg in the lower 1/4 of the enclosure up to the low 90's in the basking area. Feldman is able to take care of his thermo-regulation quite well. Night cage temps run between 65-70 degrees depending on elevation in the enclosure. 83-85 degrees for a panthers basking spot seems a bit on the low side, IMHO.
  10. oops! duplicate post. :eek:

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