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    Exo Terra Glow Mushrooms - suitable for beardies?

    I'm (finally) getting my terrarium all set up for my first beardie, and I'm trying to find a suitable hide. I found this product: http://www.exo-terra.com/en/products/glow_mushrooms.php which looks very cool, but obviously is not intended for reptiles.

    I really want my terrarium to look interesting, but I'm way more concerned with the health and comfort of my beardie. Would the additional light in the terrarium at light (dim though it is) disrupt my beardie's ability to sleep?

    I'm still very much in research/set-up stage, so any guidance/advice y'all can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Hi there - welcome to the forum.

    I would be more concerned that the product claims to "provide a moist microclimate" and is "Great to create a humid microclimate" for lizards etc.
    Beardies like a hot,dry climate and if this product does actually create a moist/humid area as it claims then I would stay away from it, I wouldn't risk the chance of an RI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevvers View Post
    I'm (finally) getting my terrarium all set up for my first beardie, and I'm trying to find a suitable hide. I found this product: http://www.exo-terra.com/en/products/glow_mushrooms.php which looks very cool, but obviously is not intended for reptiles.

    I really want my terrarium to look interesting, but I'm way more concerned with the health and comfort of my beardie. Would the additional light in the terrarium at light (dim though it is) disrupt my beardie's ability to sleep?

    I'm still very much in research/set-up stage, so any guidance/advice y'all can provide would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!
    Like Kimmy said, Beardies are arid zone animals who wouldn't do well with increased humidity. But these might be really cool in my knobtail gecko enclosure.

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    Welcome to the forum Stevvers. Looks like a gimmick to lighten your wallet. I agree don't use it.
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    As said above, beardies DON'T LIKE humidity ! Please don't buy this product or else you risk RI (Respiratory Infection) which is a beardies worst nightmare .
    Due to the recent inclement weather I have just gone through having a Frilly,A Beardy and 1 of my pythons with RI, so I know what a problem it can be.
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    Thanks so much for the replies and welcomes, everybody!

    It's funny, in my first draft of the post, I had identified the 'humid microclimate' as a potential issue, knowing that beardies prefer a dry climate and that too much humidity can be a problem.

    But as I thought about the product - I don't really see how it can affect humidity within the enclosure itself, as it's just a fake plastic log and a some fake plastic (glow-in-the-dark) mushrooms. Unless the plastic is somehow designed to hold moisture - which I think they would make a bigger deal of if that were the case - then the humid/moist microclimate is, I think, just because it's a hide and any enclosed area will create a small area of increased humidity - ie will naturally retain more moisture in the air.

    I also understand that beardies do prefer a little humidity in a small area when they're 'shedding' (sorry, I feel like that's not the right word for beardies - still getting the terminology down!)

    I get that the glow-in-the-dark stuff is just kind of a gimmick, like Brian said, and just intended to lighten my wallet. But at the same time, while this terrarium is a home for my future beardie first, it's also a decoration for my apartment second

    So I guess my follow-up question is: do you think a small decoration like this can really change the climate of the whole terrarium, or is the 'micro-climate' probably just the area inside the hide, which any reptile hide would probably also have? And also - would beardies still be unhappy with higher humidity in the hide (if the enclosure itself is maintained a dry climate)?

    Edited to add: but I'm definitely leaning towards erring on the side of caution, as the health of my future beardie is priority number #1 to me!
    Last edited by Stevvers; 26-10-2018 at 10:21 PM.

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    Pretty sure this would be no different 2 having any other form of hide / decoration in your terrarium, I see no info saying it releases any form of water 2 cause a drastic climate change in the terrarium 2 warrant any concern.

    If you look through all exo terra's cave hides on their website 99.9% are advertised with "Ideal to create a humid microclimate"

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    Thanks so much Dragon! I should have thought to check if other hides from Exo Terra had the same advertised 'feature'!

    Feeling much more confident about picking this up for my enclosure now - thanks again

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    I think the word Humid is what puts people off. Our humidity here the last few weeks has been at 100%. They are a novel idea at night.
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