Charlie the Library Lizard

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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby saraho » Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:34 am

Thank you for the encouragement! He is a wonderful little guy. Since I had help the other day we took measurements. From top of his nose to the base of his tail, he is 7”, and his tail is 9”. I also measured across his head and that was 2.5”. I figured any growth at this point might be small so it’s easier to measure than to guess.

I don’t think he ever ate any of the walnut sand, but harboring bacteria and moisture was more than enough reason to get rid of it. He got an extra treat when I cleaned it out, I found two super worms hiding in the sand.
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby saraho » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:19 pm

The excavator substrate came today! I am honestly surprised by how quickly 20 pounds of it disappeared. I was only able to build up two corners of the tank, but really, they were the parts I wanted to do the most.
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The warm side of the tank still has the plastic cup in it that I'm hoping will mold the beginning of an overhang. I wanted to make it a full tunnel but ran out of substrate. The cool side has a built in hide. I made support columns and hid them in the excavator. The cork piece sits on top of them as a perch and as a roof for his hide. It can easily be lifted off if needed.

The light hood came today, but not the light. :roll: At least the maintenance man can build me a new lid with the hood on hand. I think Charlie will be so happy when it's all said and done. His basking area is hovering around 92 F today and the cool side of the tank at 80 F with 40% humidity.
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:28 pm

You want to get your basking temp up to 95-110- we dont want undigested food --- and the UVB will need to be a certain distance for him - the fixture you got for Charlie is how long and what is the bulb you got ? The T 5?
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby saraho » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:46 pm

Scratch that, the warm side is 98.8 F right now. The new bulb is 36". It was the shortest I could get but I think with the option of his hide, he'll be okay. I can raise or lower his hammock as needed to get him to the right spot.
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:48 pm

Ok so the UVB is going inside the tank correct and how long is the tank? Inches?
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby saraho » Mon Aug 03, 2020 1:58 pm

The hood will sit on top, I can't see any way to mount it inside. The tank is 48 inches.
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Aug 03, 2020 2:12 pm

Ok so what is on the top? Screen? Can you post a pic of it? You will need a wider holed screen to go on top fine screen will not work it will block the UVB Ray's
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby saraho » Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:37 am

The top is not ready yet but there will be a wire grid that has 1/4 - 1/2 openings. We have the material on hand and it's sturdy so that is what we planned to use all along.
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby AHBD » Tue Aug 04, 2020 11:57 am

Sounds good and your basking temp. is perfect ! Nice that the maintenance guy is on board with the project. And wait until Charlie discovers the joys of digging up some of the clay and flinging it around the tank. :lol:
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby saraho » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:09 pm

I ended up having to change the design of the tank. Charlie would rather sit on his piece of cork tree at 80 F than on his hammock at 95 F. So I made a different hide with a second hammock over the top along with more of the clay. He's now making a sport of jumping from one hammock to the next, a gap of about 6 inches. He's having a ball. I can't wait to get the bigger UV lamp in, life is going to be great for my little dude.
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby gwi11iams » Wed Aug 05, 2020 2:41 pm

Charlie the Library Lizard is the coolest!
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby saraho » Wed Aug 05, 2020 3:06 pm

gwi11iams wrote:Charlie the Library Lizard is the coolest!

Thank you! He is super cool. I love spending time with him. Even on stressful days I have a reason to relax and smile.
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby saraho » Mon Aug 17, 2020 10:23 am

The new bulb came (finally!) for the hood fixture but it won't turn on. Do these bulbs make noise like an incandescent bulb when they are burnt out? I'm just a tad frustrated!
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby KarrieRee » Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:04 am

I am not sure I have never had one burn out--- call the place you got it and have them send another one ASAP
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Re: Charlie the Library Lizard

Postby saraho » Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:54 am

KarrieRee wrote:I am not sure I have never had one burn out--- call the place you got it and have them send another one ASAP


That's what we are going to have to do. I asked at the local store and she doesn't carry the size we need. Hopefully we won't have to wait another 2 weeks. Thank goodness its nice enough for Charlie to get his UV outside.
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