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Posted by markg on May 02, 2003 at 18:41:07:
In Reply to: WARNING!! posted by dangry on May 01, 2003 at 22:27:35:
When you use aspen or other substrate that insulates rather than conducts heat, you monitor the glass bottom to make sure temps do not get too high (use a dimmer or controller!!!) Then, you scoop away some substrate and put a hide over the warm area. This traps heat under the hide. The snake will burrow down to get warmer (kind of the opposite of nature, but colubrids are good at thermoregulating with whatever they have to work with.)
If you were using, say, sand, then the surface temp of the sand would be what you would look at, since sand conducts heat very well. A hide will still help alot in trapping heat and therefore reducing the need for a blazing hot heat pad.
If you aren't using temperature control via a dimmer or controller, then you are endangering the animal in the cage. Oh, and why get new heat pads? The heat elements can take it.