Basking Area Temps - Surface Temp, or Air Temp?

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Basking Area Temps - Surface Temp, or Air Temp?

Postby ComicBookMama » Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:52 am

When we say that basking temps for an adult beardie should be between 95 and 105F, are we measuring the surface temp of the basking spot or the air temp?

I say surface, but am trying to settle a difference of opinion in the Zen Fans FB group. :)
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Re: Basking Area Temps - Surface Temp, or Air Temp?

Postby KarrieRee » Sun Nov 22, 2020 10:55 am

You want the temp of the actual basking spot not air temp since we always tell people to use a probe and NOT stick ons
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Re: Basking Area Temps - Surface Temp, or Air Temp?

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:57 am

Yep, adjust the lighting based on the surface temp readings. Air temps will tend to be much cooler.
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Re: Basking Area Temps - Surface Temp, or Air Temp?

Postby ComicBookMama » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:30 am

Thanks, folks - that was precisely what I thought, but when I posted that, someone else shot back a reply that no, it's the AIR temps. Lots of conflicting info out there in the beardie community! :roll:
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