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Ambient Temp Inside My House 95-105 Fahrenheit

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  1. Tank & Scooter

    Tank & Scooter Active Member

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    We've been breaking heat records for a couple days nonstop now. Two days ago it was 117 Fahrenheit outside and 105 inside my house. I have 3 closed chambers and I have basking bulbs off but I wanna know how should I cool them off? Im currently giving them baths twice a day and spraying them every 30 min. All with room temp water.

    Im worried becuase I've never had reptiles before. I have had my sulcatas for months now and take great care. But I've never had them in these extreme heat wave.

    I spray them down with room temp water, basically almost warm water becuase it's so hot. But when I go to touch them, they feel cool to the touch.

    That's what has me worried, they can't get cold or catch a cold if the house is 95 to 105 Fahrenheit and I spray them with room temp water? I feel worried becuase I have their basking lights off and they cool to the touch. Never had reptiles.

    Also im going to buy another thermostat only for basking bulbs. I already have 3 thermostats controlling ceramic bulbs in 3 closed chambers. But im Gonna get a 4th to control basking all basking lights and set it to 95 degrees. Has anyone done this ?
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    Greetings. Do you have an infrared type thermometer that you can use to shoot the actual temp of your tort’s carapace and enclosure?

    I know it’s been hot all over...but are you saying it’s 105 inside of your house? That can’t be very comfortable.. no a/c?
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    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    a point and shoot infrared temp gun is cheap and would help you a lot. it will let you know what the temp of their shells really is. I bet it's probably cooler in there then you think. Keep them hydrated and they should be fine.
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    I start whining when it gets over 90, I can't even imagine. Hopefully it cools down for you a little bit soon.
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    Dizisdalife Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    When I moved to San Diego from Illinois about 40 years ago I bought a house and had to ask "No AC?". I was told that I would not need it. And, for 6 years I didn't need it. Oh, there were a few days I would have used it, but we went to the beach instead. Still today there are many, many, homes along the coast that do not have AC. I am pretty sure that all of the homes built since the mid-90's have AC, and most of the homes that are inland, ten-plus miles from the coast, have AC (or need AC). Is that climate change? Maybe.
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    I think you should get a window box a/c unit - they easily cool rooms down to a comfortably range, are cheap, easy to install, have energy saving modes, etc. I know when i lived in Monterey, our house there didnt have a/c. I think it only got hot twice in two years...

    Even though we have central air here, three years ago we put a window box in our master bedroom for $100 - makes it so comfy to sleep.

    Good luck...
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    Your tortoises will be fine with these temps. No reason to worry about them. Spraying them with room tempered water is a good way to give your torts a refreshment.
    A good hydration is all the need when it is very warm. This species is adapted to hot temps. I am more concerned about you living in such a heat. Please take care of yourself !:)
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    Yvonne G Old Timer TFO Admin 10 Year Member! Platinum Supporter

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    I wouldn't worry about the tortoises. Open windows and use electric fans.
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