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Is this heat mat too small?

Discussion in 'Snakes' started by SamD, Jul 22, 2019.


  1. SamD

    SamD PetForums Newbie

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    I got this heat pad from a mate of mine but i don't know if it is too small for my vivarium or not. It gets to about 95 Fahrenheit and feels like it is a decent temperature inside. I want to use this for a ball python. Image-1.jpg
     
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    SamD PetForums Newbie

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    its for a ball python
     
  3. Acidic Angel

    Acidic Angel Your ego does not surpass your pets wellbeing

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    Switch to a ceramic heat emitter and guard for a ball python, they get too large and heavy bodied for a heat mat. Heat mats are better for slender snakes such as corn snakes.

    You can use a pulse or on/off thermostat for a CHE anyway, so it won't matter which one you have.
     
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  4. SamD

    SamD PetForums Newbie

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    I think you are wrong with this, ball pythons like body heat rather than heat from above, I just need to know if it’s better to get a larger heat pad (with thermostat of corse).
     
  5. SamD

    SamD PetForums Newbie

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    Wait should I keep the heat pad but get a ceramic bulb too?
     
  6. Acidic Angel

    Acidic Angel Your ego does not surpass your pets wellbeing

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    I'm really not wrong, trust me. Ball pythons get burnt bellies from heat mats because they cause thermal blocking when they get bigger, they get too big and heavy for a heat mat and should not be kept on them.

    Scrap the mat, get a CHE, bulb guard and, if you don't have one, a thermostat to control the temperature.
     
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    SamD PetForums Newbie

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    Alright thanks mate will get one defo
     
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    Acidic Angel Your ego does not surpass your pets wellbeing

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    No worries.
    For the record, if you were keeping a species suitable for a heat mat, that would be too small for the viv size.
     
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