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Posted by YvonneS on April 07, 2003 at 14:10:38:
In Reply to: Re: Heat Mat Question posted by Oilfan94 on April 07, 2003 at 12:13:04:
As I suspected....thanks for the help. Don't think I'll be able to get to a show, there's not many of them in the UK cos they're putting lots of red tape in the way of them, sigh. Will follow the instructions in the book though and give the shop guy's advice a miss.
:Forget about the wooden cage and get a glass tank. Get a heat mat and put it on the under side of the tank. Control the heat mat with a rheostat (dimmer) or thermostat. Make sure to measure the temp right on the bottom of the tank over the UTH.
:As for the pet store guy...sounds typical, trying to make a sale...good chance that the snake is not in good health as well. Find a breeder or a local show/sale. You will get a better price and a better snake.
:If you have the book then you should be able to set up an enclosure that will be healthy for a corn snake. It's not recomended that you put the heat mat into the enclosure.
::I actually posted this question to the corn sname forum before I noticed there was a beginner's forum, doh! I appreciate and have taken on board the answers I got from the corn snake folks, but since I got a couple of conflicting replies, I thought i'd try for a few more opinions :-)
::Basically I'm looking into getting a corn snake (got my Corn Snake Manual and been checking out care sheets. My local reptile centre sells start up kits for hatchling corn snakes which include a wooden based vivarium and heat mat. My question is, is it safe to put a heat mat inside the viv, as underneath obviously wouldn't work...I'm corncerned about the mat or the thermostat malfunctioning and burning the snake, or the snake burrowing into the subsrtae and getting burned.I am also wondering how waterproof the things are in case any water from a bowl got onto the thing...I don't want a fried snake or my house to turn into a towering inferno!
::Thanks for your help :-)