My new addition as a first-time ball python owner is on his way. I started gathering up the supplies in the last couple of weeks to prepare and I have a few questions that I’m hoping you guys can help with that haven’t been covered in the searches I’ve done & other care guides I’ve read, or at least not so specifically!
I live in a fairly damp place, and as a result, the natural humidity even within my house is a lot higher than I anticipated. However, my hygrometer is reading 79% (which can’t possibly be right…I don’t live in a raincloud!). However, even before that it was reading over 60% before I added bedding and I know this is too high. The water bowl is pretty small, not sure I could go much smaller. Any other advice for reducing humidity? I’m also planning to get a different hygrometer, as this one clearly isn’t accurate, and leaving the lid open overnight in hopes more moisture will evaporate and then i can manage it better.
In regards to the hot spot temperature - I have the thermostat set to 90%. However, when using an infrared thermometer on top of the bedding on the hot side, it reads in the mid 80s. Should I be still keeping the thermostat at 90, or bump it up by a couple degrees to compensate for the heat loss from the bedding? Maybe i need a better quality thermometer as well?
For reference, the tub is a 14 gallon tub (12 holes drilled on each side for ventilation), the BP in question is around 300g, I have cypress mulch currently while I wait for coconut chips to arrive, two hides (one on hot and one on cool) and an under-tank heat mat on a thermostat. Grateful for any advice you can provide!