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How to Increase Humidity in Your Pet's Enclosure

Is your pet reptile or amphibian's enclosure drying out? Proper humidity in a vivarium is super important to allow proper digestion, shedding, and more. Check out these helpful tips from the experts at Josh's Frogs to make sure your pet isn't left high and dry!

  1. Misting frequency - Changes in an environment such as the winter months can dry out your vivariums. During these times increase the frequency of misting. Misting often can sometimes be a challenge, especially for those who work away from the home throughout the day. Investing in an automatic misting system is a good alternative, such as a MistKing or Exo Terra Monsoon system. 
  2. Decrease ventilation to reduce evaporation. Use glass, plastic, or plastic wrap to cover open areas of the vivarium. Be careful not to completely take away ventilation for those who need it, such as geckos, tree frogs, and many reptiles.
  3. Add a water bowl, or increase the size of your current bowl. This creates standing water that can evaporate over time. This will also provide nice soaking areas if your animal needs a boost. Make sure the bowl is shallow to allow for easy escape.
  4. If you're unsure about a water bowl consider a waterfall instead. Waterfalls still provide humidity in the air but has the added benefit of providing a shallow pool that's a little safer for animals. Plus, waterfalls for reptiles and amphibians are often created to mimic nature, and some come with extra features such as lighting. 
  5. Similar to automatic misting, you can add a fogger to your vivarium. These add a neat environmental fog that increases humidity while providing a natural misty look. 
  6. Add water directly to your substrate. Substrates can hold a surprising amount of moisture and can hold reserves of water to add back into the air during dry periods.

As always use a hygrometer to keep an eye on humidity levels. This is your first defense in maintaining in proper humidity.  

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