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Old 04-16-18, 04:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thermostat probe position?

Iím after everyoneís thoughts on the best/correct location for a thermostat probe.

When using a heatmat I have my probe taped directly to the mat, underneath the substrate.

When using a ceramic heat lamp, where should my probe be? Iíve been putting it directly under the heater, taped to the bottom of the tank, however when the snakes are basking, they lay directly over the probe which blocks it from the heater. Iíve tried putting one of my tanks probes on the side of the tank, in line with the heat lamp, and turned the temp down a little bit as itís not directly in the basking spot. Iím still monitoring temps and they seem fine, Iím just wondering if thereís a better position for the probes!

Any help would be appreciated guys!

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Old 04-17-18, 06:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Thermostat probe position?

A couple HUGE red flags there!!!

1) No tape anywhere in the enclosure!!!! PLEASE REMOVE IT IMMEDIATELY!!! Snakes can/ WILL get to it. The results will NOT be good. I've seen scales and skin ripped off, I've seen spinal injuries and even death caused by tape INSIDE an enclosure snapping the snakes neck.

2) the probe goes OUTSIDE the enclosure, sandwiched between the UTH and the glass. If it's INSIDE the enclosure it can be moved, peed on, etc...which can cause inaccurate readings and dangerous heat spikes.
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Re: Thermostat probe position?

I don't use glass bottomed tanks. My vivariums are wooden, so i put the heat mat inside. Surely it wouldn't go outside the vivarium as it wouldn't get hot enough inside!
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I don't use glass bottomed tanks. My vivariums are wooden, so i put the heat mat inside. Surely it wouldn't go outside the vivarium as it wouldn't get hot enough inside!
That would depend on the type of heat mat. Only a few are safe to use in the enclosure (the only one I know of in North America is Kane brand heat mats) and most need something over them to diffuse the heat. I've used wooden enclosures (1/3 inch plywood, 5/8 inch melamine) before with heat tape on the outside with no problem...
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Re: Thermostat probe position?

I'll have to look into heat tape, thanks! Mostly though I'm after advice regarding the ceramic heaters. Where should my probe be? Like i said before i usually have it directly under the heater, but the snakes lay right on top of it and block it! what do you guys do? anyone got pics?

P.S. I removed all the tape when i got home tonight!
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I'll have to look into heat tape, thanks! Mostly though I'm after advice regarding the ceramic heaters. Where should my probe be? Like i said before i usually have it directly under the heater, but the snakes lay right on top of it and block it! what do you guys do? anyone got pics?

P.S. I removed all the tape when i got home tonight!
My Kingsnake is in a wooden enclosure. I only heat from above and he's done well since being in there.
I use Accurite brand dual thermometer/hygrometers inside the enclosure with no probes.
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Re: Thermostat probe position?

Cool I’ll have a look for those! I’ve thought about using a ceramic heater for him but I always thought mats were better for smaller snakes. Thanks for the advice!
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