I was recently recommended a new product on the market for monitoring environmental parameters in reptile and amphibian housing. I’m far from a technology geek but having tried it out it is actually a really useful and clever product. It is the Tempo™ Environmental Monitor from a company called Blue Maestro, and has been designed for a multitude of uses including monitoring of wine cellars, computer servers, nurseries and so on. But the applications for the exotic pet hobby are quite exciting!
The Tempo™ is a slick, inconspicuous, pebble-shaped monitor that is very affordable and works via Bluetooth relaying hourly readings of atmospheric pressure, temperature and humidity to your phone or smart device. It can be used over time to graph these parameters, and is particularly useful for monitoring thermostatic control of temperature and making adjustments according to your specific animal’s needs. It is far more sensitive than many of the other commercially available thermometers and hygrometers, and is completely portable so very easy to use throughout entire collections to obtain a store of data.
The importance of knowing the environmental parameters when keeping ectothermic animals such as reptiles and amphibians cannot be underemphasised, but I am frequently astonished that keepers cannot tell me the exact temperature or humidity they keep their exotic pet at. Frequently, health problems can be attributed by such parameters being off by even a few degrees or percentage. So having tried it out in the hospital vivaria I’m off home this evening to try it out in my own frogs and make sure I’m being a good keeper myself too!
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