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Also make sure the heat rock doesnt get too hot...


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Posted by hotshot on May 13, 2003 at 08:58:50:

In Reply to: Also make sure the heat rock doesnt get too hot... posted by momof3 on May 13, 2003 at 08:04:36:

No question is a stupid question! Especially if you dont know the answer!! LOL
I have mine under 1/3 of the enclosure. Just lay it flat and place the tank over it. Dont bend the heat mat and it should come with a cloth cover. Stick the cloth cover on the heat mat and put it in place. This will give your snake a warm end and a cool end. Just make sure once you put it under the tank, set it on the lowest setting and let it warm up. Should only take 10 or 15 minutes to get to the desired temp and touch the bottom of the enclosure to make sure its not too hot before putting the snake in. Put a temp gauge in the enclosure so you can monitor the temps and keep them where you want them.
The reason I like the heat pads better than the UTH, is the UTH has to be stuck to the bottom of the enclosure with the sticky backing. And this can be a pain when you want to wash out the enclosure and not to mention if you accidently break the enclosure or have to move up to a bigger size. The UTH has to be pulled very gently from the tank to keep from damaging the heating elements, and this is a major pain. Then the UTH may not stick to the next enclosure. With the heating pad, you dont have any of these problems.
Hope this helps, and if you have any other questions feel free to ask.
Brian

:So, I just stick a heating pad directly undr the glass aquarium??? Sorry to ask stupid questions, but I want to do it right.

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::Those things are notorious for overheating and can burn the snake very badly. May want to switch over to an under tank heat pad. I use the human heat pads bought at walmart. They are inexpensive and have a built in setting switch! Might want to make sure you have a temp gauge inside the cage to help you keep an eye on the temps of the enclosure.
::Welcome to the ranks of snake owners!!
::Good luck and happy herping
::Brian

::::If the snake is doing well and thriving with the current owner, I would try to as closely as possible approximate the conditions he's living in now...temperature wise, humidity, cage furnishings, cage size, etc. The only thing I would look to change in the near future is to try to get him switched to frozen/thawed mice.

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