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Posted by markg on April 15, 2003 at 17:59:43:
In Reply to: Lighting posted by Lucas on April 15, 2003 at 17:39:05:
Depends.. how tall is the cage? What kind of snake are you housing.. is it mainly a terrestrial type? Will you have branches in the cage such that the snake can reach the bulb? How much wattage is the bulb?
See what I mean? It depends. If you are using low wattage bulbs in a cage that the snake won't be climbing on branches near the bulb, then you can leave it as is. I've used 40 watt bulbs and a lamp dimmer alot in cages and never had a problem even when the snakes could possibly reach the bulbs if they tried. You can touch a bulb of that wattage and not harm your skin, especially when it is dimmed down a bit. You should always use a dimmer with lights in a cage BTW.
I believe some of the cage manufacturers like Custom Cages (see the Cages/Supplies section here on kingsnake.com) sell nice light bulb guards that allow you to change the bulb easily.