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August 6, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(6):461-462. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690060041020

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The Heating of the New Reptile House at the Zoological Gardens: A Problem in Reptile Hygiene  Most reptiles can be kept healthy only when the water in which they bathe, the rocks on which they bask, and the walls surrounding them are kept at a temperature of about 80 F.; but it is necessary to vary this optimum in different cages. They also need good ventilation. They must have sunlight, or when the London clouds and fogs shut this off they must have a substitute. These conditions have been fulfilled in a remarkable manner in the new reptile house at the Zoological Gardens. It is a building of one floor of dimensions less than 180 by 80 feet; it has about 20 miles of electric cable, and cages of a few feet square have from twenty-eight to 200 electrical connections. Partly to save waste of current and partly to provide