The hygrometer, an important element in the terrarium

Why is a hygrometer necessary in the terrarium?

Reptiles are cold-blooded (ectothermic) animals. It means that their body temperature is close to the ambient temperature. Therefore they often react sensitively to unfamiliar climatic conditions. Depending on the reptile species a certain humidity and temperature in the terrarium is necessary, because many of them absorb it through their skin or lungs. Too dry air in the terrarium can therefore cause life-threatening diseases such as pneumonia. Therefore a hygrometer should be installed in the terrarium, because it shows the prevailing humidity inside. This way you are able to maintain the climatic balance for your animal at all times, which is very important for its health condition.

Depending on the reptile species and terrarium the necessary humidity varies. In the aqua-terrarium, for example, the water content predominates, which is why it is especially suitable for amphibians, reptiles that prefer water or frogs and turtles. Accordingly, the humidity in this terrarium is also higher. Also the forest terrarium, which is a preferred habitat of lizards, tarantulas or insects, should have a higher humidity. Really humid and partly foggy it will be in the rainforest or tropical terrarium, which is also home to tarantulas, lizards, frogs or snakes. In a dry, desert or stone terrarium, the humidity inside should be kept correspondingly lower to keep lizards, tarantulas or scorpions in a species-appropriate manner.

Choose a high-quality hygrometer for your terrarium, which precisely indicates the prevailing humidity for the sensitive animals. A thermometer is also needed to ensure the correct temperature in the terrarium, as this is almost as important for the health of your reptiles. A thermo-hygrometer gives you both values in one device.

Which hygrometer should be installed at which place in the terrarium?

For hygrometers or thermo-hygrometers you have the choice between the digital and the analogue version. Digital hygrometers usually have a remote sensor, which is attached to the terrarium with a suction cup. The hygrometer itself remains outside the terrarium and receives the corresponding values.

Analogue hygrometers, on the other hand, must be attached directly inside the terrarium by means of adhesive strips on the back. The advantage of analogue hygrometers in a terrarium is that they usually provide more precise readings. Also you can read the values without any difficulties due to the large digits.

When installing a hygrometer in a terrarium you should make sure that it is neither too close to the water basin or waterfalls nor too close to the bottom. The humidity displayed on the hygrometer would be too high in the area of influence of the water, also if you have reptiles that need a humid bottom. Therefore the hygrometer should be placed in the terrarium exactly where the influences on the measuring instrument are the least, i.e. not near water or heat lamps. In this way you prevent falsified values and accordingly do not endanger the well-being of your reptiles.


Buy analogue hygrometers for your terrarium from FISCHER

Ensure the health of your ever-changing, sensitive reptiles and provide a species-appropriate temperature and humidity in your terrarium. The analogue hygrometers from FISCHER provide you with precise values at all times. We also offer thermometers in our Online Shop, which show you the equally vital temperature inside the terrarium. In addition, you can also choose our thermo-hygrometers in the Online Shop, which show you both values in one measuring device.

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