Hi! I don’t at the moment, but I should probably start doing it again! I got a new job and it absorbs most of my time these days. :C
I’d love to help though!
I had the same issues when I first got Tar in 2009. There was little to no information readily available online and the people in the shop were quite clueless too… (I only recently found out that she’s a girl!)
Generally these beasties like it HOT. I have an Exoterra Heatwave Desert mat with no thermostat as it’s under sand which is a poor conductor of heat. (If you’re using ecoearth/cocohusk etc you may need to get a stat for it) The temps over her mat are 35-37°C. I use a She also has a basking spot with a 60W bulb over a large flat rock that ranges from 40-45°C. I’ve noticed she prefers to bask in the earlier part of the day and retire to the mat side of her Viv in the evenings. That being said, I switch off the heat mat entirely during the summer months as it is not needed. So long as their night-time temps don’t drop below 22-25°C you’re golden!
Plateys need quite a lot of UV. Above her mat I use a ExoTerra Reptile UVB 150 Compact 25W (Formerly known, and still available, as ExoTerra Repti Glo 10.0 Compact 26W) mounted in an ExoTerra Glow Light reflector. The UVB charges this up nicely and it emits a strong glow for ages after the lights are switched off. I don’t know if it’s actually comforting or not, but it looks nice!
In terms of humidity, no misting at all is required. I make sure she always has a bowl of water available. This should be big enough for them to climb into when they want to as the moisture does help them remove old, loose scales.
I also like to give her a bath once a month. I literally fill our bath with warm water and let her have a splash around. They’re quite adept at swimming, they put their arms to their sides and use their tail much like a crocodile!
I’ve already mentioned that I use sand as a substrate, but I’d also recommend a mixture of dried out ecoearth or cocohusk mixed with orchid bark. Generally anything they can dig in. Tar digs like crazy… Not a day goes past where I don’t see flurries of sand flying around in her vivarium.
I’m not sure how handleable Sev is but when I first got Tar she was a bit wily, having not really had any human interaction. It took about 2 weeks of getting her out for about 20 minutes a day before she started to really get used to people and being handled. You’d never know it looking at her now though! More of a soppy oaf, bless her.
I’ve never known a Platey to bite, but they will deliver a painful slap with their tail if they’re not happy about a situation. Just be stern though and hold on until he calms down and when you think you can trust him, let him have a wander around. Although, I’d be careful, they can be very quick when they want to be and I’ve had to pull Tar out from some interesting places, including from behind the radiator and also the Aquarium… So it might be worth blocking up possible areas he might want to run and hide. Getting them out from places can be tricky because their natural instinct, when panicked, is to run into a narrow space and inflate themselves so that they cannot be pulled out.
That’s all off the top of my head, I hope it helps! If you have any more questions, feel free to ask me!