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Old 04-13-03, 11:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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heat pads 24/7?

hey all....i've recently aquired a redtail boa and i have a question about heat pads...i recently gave it a heat pad and the temp is 97F on the hot spot...now i see in care sheets the temp is suppose to be 95F and at night it is suppose to be 85F....
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is it safe to unplug the heat pad each night? or will this just lessen the ability of the heat pad each time i do it?
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Old 04-13-03, 12:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I never unplug mine, I just drop the ambient in the room and it cools down the enclosures accordingly. Some people moight have other methods though.

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Just leave it pluged in and put piece of carpet over it inside the cage. Or just ge a dimmer switch and turn it down at night.

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mine is on 24/7
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get a human one, then you can leave it on 24/7 but also control the temps at day and night.
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You can go with a rheostat or a timer... we have our lights on a timer but the heat pads are 24/7... they can go to the spot where they're comfortable.
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thanks for the ideas
Tony L once helped me with getting a timer and when I PUT it together, i blew a fuse.....go figure!
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Timers are $6 at canadian tire (or less). you shouldn't be blowing fuses with them....
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get a human one, then you can leave it on 24/7 but also control the temps at day and night.
I disagree with this method of heating reptiles. Sure, many peole have successfully used them for many years, some with large collections, however some have also lost their herps and homes to them as well. The fact remains that human heat pads were not designed to be left on 24/7 (or anywhere even close). Using them in the manner that they are to heat herps brings an increased risk of fire. IMHO its not worth the risk to save a few dollars, think about all you could lose...
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I use them and have not had any problems, but if you opt for "safer" routes there are heat panels, heat tape, and other sources of heat. If you go with and of the panels or tape be sure to hook it up to a rheostat. If you use the human heat pad brace the tank up so there is approx 1/2" gap between the pad and the tank for air flow.
As for the temps.....
85-88 on the hot side of the tank for day time MAX!!!!! (95 will roast your snake!) Allow a 5-7 degree temp drop at night.
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For my leos I use a UTH hooked up to a thermostat set on 90 and I just let the ambient temp drop at night. Seems to work well for me.
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Unless your room is temperature controlled, typically most houses naturally drop down in temperature at night. The drop in ambient temperature will influence the temp of a UTH if it is by itself (which it shouldn't be) or if it is controlled via dimmer, creating a natural night time drop.

Night time drops are not necessary for most species, unless you intend on cycling your animals for breeding. I keep my heat tape set to 90 degrees day and night.

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(95 will roast your snake!) .
She didn't list what species she was heating. If it is a cal king, then yes she's going to roast it, however if it is a ball python, a 95 degree hot spot is fine.
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Linds... she did mention the kind of snake.... a red tail boa!
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hey all....i've recently aquired a redtail boa and i have a question about heat pad
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Old 04-15-03, 08:37 AM   #14 (permalink)
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My heatpads are on 24/7, but my lights are on a timer.

Based on my personal experience, (I may be just lucky), I have had 1 reptile heat pad die on me, but the human heat pads I have been using for over 4+ years which are on 24/7 are still going strong. I believe that either type of pad will meet your needs. If you are worried about a fire/electrical hazard, purchase a cheap analog thermostat.

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Ok you all can argue with me on this but I hate heat pads they are to dangerous for thermal burns caus if your snake manages to dig under the mulch or go under the carpet,news paper and on to the glase you will get the exat same results as if a hot rock was in your cage. I think that we can all agree that they were the worst invention on face of the earth.

Yes I know snakes need heat on there bellys to digest but not 24/7. first off dose any one thinke why snakes have dark colours ? Think of this way if you are wearing a whit shirt out in the sun and put a black one on witch one will you be warmer in. snakes use there colours to hide but also to warm up
I use 2 heat lamps for my cages a night glow and a day glow they are both on during the day but at night time a leave the day glow off so that way the cage has a gradient for day time a night time and as far as digestion I leave a flat rook under the 2 lights (by the way both light are on the same side of the cage so they have a hot and cool side) and then the rock get warmed up to the right temp to go and lie on for digestion so they get the proper heating all week and after eating they choose if they want to be heated from under neath.

on the flip side if a snake wants to hide under the substrat and be warm then it will go where the pad is and if it was to choose from coling down and stay hiden it will continue to hide and not care about it burns or any thing els for that mater.

dont forget in the wild when snakes dig to hide in the wilds it dose not get hotter it cools down so if your snake is diging to hide you should not warm him up like desert vipres digt to cool down. I have had my ball pythons dig to cool down and climb to bask or go and hide in all the difrent hides snakes are not stupid we just need to make shour they can warm up and that they have the choice to go where and do what they want .
Any way I am out.
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