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Posted by klrgrizzly on September 16, 2002 at 22:50:32:
In Reply to: Re: FWC caging question posted by Chance on September 16, 2002 at 17:13:54:
I know about the rocks - as I have been keeping snakes for a while, and have been keeping FWCs for about a year now. Since they don't need a specific hot spot - what would you recommend to keep up the ambient temperature, since I'm trying to avoid an overhead lamp.
Also, an employee at EBV told me that if I create a small enclosure specifically for a heating bad, made out of 1/4" plywood, it should be sufficient - any tips would be helpful.
:While it is possible to have a heat pad placed on one side of the enclosure to heat that side, it's not recommended to use that as the basking spot. For one, heating pads don't get as warm as lamps do. If they do, something is wrong, and you don't need to be using that pad anyway. Putting something that would get that warm against glass or something similar would probably burst it because of the constant fluctuations in temps. All this aside, FWCs don't seem to really need a particular basking spot really. They aren't lizards and don't need UV light to digest properly. As long as the ambient temperature of the room or at least the enclosure is maintained constantly they should do just fine. Also, avoid "hot rocks." I personally can't even believe those things are still in use, but they are just about the most dangerous to your pet that you can put into a cage.