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Old 14-10-2019, 06:38 PM
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But they can still find pockets that vary considerably from the average of whatever region they are in, presumably? For example, the proverbial termite mound could be a lot more humid than a reading taken from the middle of a field that was used to produce the average for the area.
Oh quite possibly that is what happens. There are no studies that show what they do on a day-to-day basis throughout their normal cycles. Damp burrows, damp leaf litter / grass, or that proverbial termite mound could all be areas where humidity is high, which the snake may well seek out when its time to shed, and hence why I agreed with the comment about the damp hide box
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But they can still find pockets that vary considerably from the average of whatever region they are in, presumably? For example, the proverbial termite mound could be a lot more humid than a reading taken from the middle of a field that was used to produce the average for the area.

I agree they're a really successful species with a wide distribution and can tolerate a range of conditions, but the unsuccessful shed query comes up often with royals, so I often think the importance of humid hides is understated.


Interesting .

I seem to recall reading a paper from a Royal python ‘hunter’ ( wild Royals collector) and I’m sure it mentioned that they find a surprising amount of them high up in trees plus some in caves ..

Maybe someone will remember better than I can


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