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  • (upbeat music)

  • - Good morning everybody and welcome to the vlog

  • in day, I don't know, six, seven, whatever, it's all a blur,

  • of the reptarium expansion.

  • It's coming together good.

  • You guys can kind of see, we got so much stuff going on.

  • Again, the little details are

  • what's gonna really make this pop.

  • Gotta work on the gift shop here in the next few days too,

  • so it's pretty exciting.

  • The big job for today is actually this iguana cage.

  • Obviously Diddy and Dixie, the rhino iguanas,

  • are gonna go in there.

  • I have some issues with that.

  • I'll share with you guys in a few minutes,

  • but for now I'm actually gonna

  • take a little break from the build

  • because I noticed that Lucy gave me a little present.

  • Well, my girl Lucy definitely wanted me to take a break

  • from building the new expansion,

  • because she's got a little bit of poop soup over here.

  • So I guess we're gonna have to go in there

  • and get her cleaned up.

  • I'll be honest with you, it's a nice break.

  • I never thought I'd look forward to cleaning poop soup,

  • but I kinda am looking forward to getting in,

  • but she's in a kind of precarious spot,

  • so hopefully she's not hungry.

  • (upbeat music)

  • I'm coming to hang out with you okay?

  • Can you leave me alone for a minute?

  • (screams)

  • It's stinky.

  • Mom's homemade beef stew!

  • No, mom didn't cook beef stew like this,

  • I could promise you that.

  • - [Cameraman] Watch your back.

  • Watch your back.

  • - [Host] We're all right.

  • Look, look, look, look.

  • Don't wanna get bit.

  • Lucy.

  • Lucy, it's okay baby.

  • Hey, hey, hey, Lucy!

  • Stop it.

  • What are you doing?

  • Always makes a little more entertainment

  • when Lucy is not in a good mood.

  • Look at her, look at her!

  • Lucy, come on!

  • Stop it, stop it.

  • Please, go back over there.

  • Go back over there.

  • Go, go.

  • Come on.

  • Come on, get over there.

  • Woo, Lucy, come on.

  • Oh great, great.

  • Just where I want you to be.

  • (intense music)

  • Boy I tell you what,

  • she is in a bad mood today.

  • She's been pretty good this last few months,

  • but obviously today she decided

  • she didn't want to be my friend anymore.

  • It's okay though, we'll get her.

  • You stay right there, okay?

  • We're friends.

  • (intense rock music)

  • (vacuum whirring)

  • (intense rock music)

  • All in a day's work, you know what I mean?

  • It can be a perilous job,

  • but she's just in a real bad cantankerous mood today.

  • So we just got to fill her up,

  • she's all cleaned up and we're good to go.

  • So Lucy, you'll be all right buddy,

  • we'll be friends tomorrow.

  • So obviously it doesn't take a brain surgeon

  • to realize that this is the front window,

  • and of course outside is cold.

  • Now we knew we were going to deal with this

  • with the rhino iguana cage

  • but we sealed it really well so there's no air drafts,

  • but there's still cold out here.

  • So basically, I'm gonna just shoot this here.

  • We're at 75 degrees right here.

  • Actually, about 82 on this side which is really good.

  • Now again, the sun is coming up over here,

  • so it beats in the window, warms up a little bit.

  • At night it's dropping down to low 70's,

  • so obviously we have to somehow heat this cage

  • to keep the iguanas healthy and happy, right?

  • Well originally, we built it to where

  • there'd be lights above these screens right up here.

  • Now there's not a lot of room in there,

  • and the truth is with normal heat bulbs,

  • I knew it was gonna get warm,

  • but I was a little concerned about,

  • potential fire hazards and stuff like that.

  • But the fact is that I think I'm gonna need

  • mercury vapor bulbs in here to really heat this up.

  • They're a lot higher output.

  • They can actually push heat down way up there.

  • They're made really for large enclosures,

  • but I don't want to put them up in the ceiling,

  • because that would definitely be a fire hazard.

  • I'm gonna have to hang some lights in the cage,

  • which is completely fine,

  • and then somehow get the wires above here.

  • Just kinda trying to sort this thing out.

  • It's gonna look completely fine.

  • But always my first thoughts are

  • how to keep the animals happy

  • before even the aesthetics of the cage.

  • I'm gonna hang a couple lights up in there.

  • I don't have mercury vapor bulbs,

  • so I'll just have some heat lamps for now,

  • and then here in the next few days get the mercury vapor

  • and then we can really mess with it.

  • And the truth is, even with large cages,

  • like Heidi's cage, or these guys,

  • I may have to go with some mercury vapor

  • because again, by the time you get

  • all the way from here, all the way down to here,

  • that heat can actually dissipate.

  • Now, Ivy's cage is really good,

  • but when you have a seven-foot span from here to here,

  • where like the albino iguanas are gonna go,

  • I'm gonna have to make sure that this light

  • can penetrate all the way down to the branches,

  • where they're gonna be at.

  • If that doesn't work we can use mercury vapor bulbs,

  • and we can do it here because we have plenty of room up top.

  • In the iguana cage they'd be sealed in,

  • it'd be way too dangerous.

  • So let's go ahead and just jump in

  • and get this problem hopefully solved.

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  • The problem is, is that I have

  • literally this little space here.

  • I've gotta reach my hand in here to plug the actual plug in

  • to this outlet that is on a timer,

  • so, I mean literally the biggest issue here

  • is just the matter of the fact that

  • I have no space to get to it.

  • The good news is, once it's plugged in

  • I can change bulbs without having to go this way.

  • It'll be pretty easy,

  • but the actual plugging part's the hard part

  • because I literally can't see the plug,

  • so I have to just go in there with my arm

  • and feel around and hopefully get into the hole.

  • Definitely not the best way.

  • Could've used two more inches and I would've been fine.

  • - That's what she said.

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  • - Okay so that was definitely a challenge.

  • I'll probably secure those cords a little bit better,

  • foam up that hole.

  • Gonna just have to pay attention.

  • Again, what we'll probably do is

  • a mercury vapor bulb in both of these,

  • really push that heat down,

  • so that it's 95 on the hot spots,

  • maybe even a little bit higher 90's.

  • And then hopefully they can get down here

  • and be in the low 80's,

  • that way they got a good temperature gradient.

  • So, that was a tough one I'm not gonna lie to you.

  • That was way harder than I expected it to be,

  • but I think it's gonna work out great.

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  • Just like I showed you with the iguana cage,

  • obviously we have those heat bulbs, we have UV light,

  • in that case we're gonna have mercury vapor like I said.

  • Mercury vapor not only pushes a lot of heat,

  • it also pushes UVA and UVB,

  • but we also have heat pads.

  • Those big hog pads, you know I showed you

  • as I was installing these things.

  • They're like a fiber glass heating pad

  • that can actually go in mud,

  • they're made for pigs and stuff like that.

  • But those need to go on thermostats of course.

  • Now I'm using vivarium systems.

  • I'm good friends with Rich over at Reptile Basics,

  • so I used his brand, it's really good.

  • I mean there's a few other ones out there,

  • but I like the vivarium electronics, personally.

  • I think they work really well,

  • super easy to set up.

  • So basically all we're gonna do,

  • is we're gonna have obviously this plug here

  • that goes into the actual outlet, power outlet.

  • Now the heating pad goes right into this right here.

  • Super simple, and then the probe itself,

  • which is already hooked up,

  • just plugs into there and then you just set the time,

  • so I mean, it's that simple,

  • really easy, so let's just go ahead and set it up.

  • And again I mean, literally it's as easy as this,

  • you just plug this in right here.

  • My probe is right here,

  • goes into this first slot right here like that.

  • Now I just have to plug the actual vivarium unit in,

  • and set the temperature.

  • In this case I want it to be

  • about 95 degrees on the hot spot.

  • That way he has a place to go

  • and have really good belly heat

  • as well as basking heat as well.

  • So, plug this in and we are good to go.

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  • And again you just go through the dials right here

  • to set your actual temperature.

  • You've got plus and minus, all that stuff.

  • You can enter nighttime temperatures.

  • Right now the probe is reading 73 degrees.

  • We're gonna set it at 80 degrees,

  • so we're gonna bump it up to like 95 degrees,

  • and this will take maybe about an hour to get up to size,

  • and then he's going to have belly heat.

  • Gonna take all these water dishes,

  • which are so cool, I love these things.

  • There's of course a couple different sizes,

  • a big one, a few different colors,

  • and then some small stuff.

  • So I'm just gonna kinda set them

  • and get a feel for where they all go,

  • makes sense and stuff like that.

  • It's all part of the process, right?

  • So once the water dishes are in,

  • then I can start to worry about foliage

  • here in the next few days,

  • and then ultimately put animals in it.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Al Machino is settling in so nicely,

  • I mean he's been all over these branches.

  • Every time I came over last night

  • and then early this morning,

  • he's just like cruising around.

  • He's settled right on a branch right now,

  • and it just warms my heart,

  • and you guys know that bringing animals over

  • is what I'm super excited about.

  • So I think at least once a day,

  • even if we're not ready for the whole zoo to be open,

  • I'm gonna bring something over,

  • just to kinda get that, you know, it's just so exciting.

  • I've got the perfect animal in mind,

  • and that animal of course, is Marshmallow,

  • the ivory Burmese python.

  • You know, there's so many animals

  • that I was excited about getting over

  • to the new reptarium expansion,

  • but this animal is just super cool, it's super nice.

  • You guys know that we have Sunrise over there,

  • we have Jeffrey over there,