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Old 12-14-17, 05:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
Scubadiver59
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Re: Heating enclosure questions

User Cypress or Coco Husk mulch--they retain water longer and they're less susceptible to mold/mildew activity. You'll end up watering less. Besides, Aspen is too dusty.

Due to the height of the enclosure, I'd suggest a reflective heat panel (RHP)...an 80w from Reptile Basics would work well. I use RHPs in my 4'x2'x19" enclosures and have my thermostat probe coming in from the side, looping over the RHP power cable (at 90 angle) and hanging down onto the top of the hide. You could always drop it directly down from the top, unless you plan on stacking another enclosure on top, but it's your choice. It might be a chore to secure it--two screws at the ends of the RHP that will have to be secured from the inside of the top-- and then you'll have to worry about routing the power cable out either the back holes or cut a new hold in the back and/or top.

My RHP setup keeps the one side rather toasty during the day, and comfortable at night when I ramp the temp down, and the snake can bask on top of their hides if they want to get warmer. They'll end up pushing the probe over, but it will still work and not get too hot, and the probe should return to the top of the hide when the snake moves.

For lighting you could put a light in the back holes or you could install an LED light inside the enclosure as I did with a 24" 3500k LED (under-the-cabinet) light strip. I run a basic ZooMed timer/power strip to turn the lights on and off. This is another cord you'll have to route out of the cage unless you go with a lamp at one of the back holes.

I'm sure you'll get some other comments and or suggestions...good luck!
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