Reptiles in Summer Heat

Beat the summer heat! The summer can be rough (or “ruff”) for those animals with fur. But can you, imagine how the cold-blooded animals with scales feel in the heat? Learn how to keep your pet reptile comfortable during the summer.

While the summer heat can be harmful to any type of animal, it can be especially harmful to reptiles and amphibians. So, for you owners of cold-blooded pets, make sure you know how to keep your animals cool during the hottest time of the year.

With the weather beginning heating up, now’s a good time to review ways to keep your reptile or amphibian comfortable during the summer. Below are some pointers:

  • Ensure that your animal’s cage is not in direct sunlight, even inside the house.
  • If there is a cooler part of your home, such as a basement, you may want to relocate your pet’s habitat for the hot months of the year.
  • If you don’t want to move the living space, you can invest in a window-mounted air conditioner. This helps keep just the single room cooler than the rest of the home. Please note that the air should not blow directly onto the cage or aquarium.
  • It is especially important to monitor the humidity levels in your pet’s living space. Use a hygrometer to monitor the habitat and either increase or decrease the ventilation as necessary. If you live in a humid climate, you may need to increase the amount of air movement. If you live in a hot and dry climate, you may need to decrease the ventilation and increase the misting of the space.
  • Always make sure that your pet has access to cold and fresh water. Dehydration is always a concern, but specifically in the summer.

Everyone likes to stay cool, especially our animals with cold-blooded bodies!

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