38. The ambient temperature of an animal keeping facility must be compatible with the temperature interval normally encountered in the natural distribution range of the animal’s species or, if applicable, subspecies. The foregoing also applies to the temperature of the water in the pool of water of an aquatic or semi-aquatic animal.
The temperature must also be adapted to the age, growth stage and state of health of the animal. In the case of certain reptilians, the temperature must also be adapted to their need to have access to different temperature zones to ensure their thermoregulation.
The ambient temperature of an animal keeping facility may however not comply with the provisions of the first and second paragraphs if the animal has access at all times to a cage or an enclosure where the ambient temperature complies with those provisions. The cage or enclosure must comply with the minimum standards provided for in Schedule 4.
Temperature interval means the interval between the maximum temperature of the hottest month and the minimum temperature of the coldest month, excluding exceptional weather events.