Camera and Lighting:
The Yi Home Cam provides a decent picture, an intuitive and easy to use mobile phone interface, and a relatively low temperature. In my setup I have covered the built in IR LED lights with two layers of small round stickers to diminish (but not eliminate) the front facing brightness. I then added an IR LED light panel on top of the enclosure OVER the black felt cover. Additionally I found two small translucent clipboards that sit between the light and the cage, acting like a gel filter to cut the intensity of the light even more. If there is too much IR light, it blows out the snake’s patterns in the video and makes all snakes look like glowing Leucistics. The LED panel I use rests above the cage divider and provides enough light for two snake enclosures. A smaller unit would suffice for a single enclosure.
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Temperature and Humidity:
My temperature and humidity devices are pretty standard. I like Flex Watt heat tape.
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I accidentally fell into a play on words when I decided I wanted some kind of portable “play pen” for the snakes. It comes in handy on cleaning day and could potentially be used outdoors. What I ended up with was this “ball pit” for my ball pythons. It works quite well, but eventually, they’ll outgrow it, forcing me to switch to a portable child’s play pen instead.
The phone stands helps in getting video and photos hands free. Because it has a flexible gooseneck, it’s a bit more versatile than a tripod.
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