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Old 11-09-19, 04:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Alternatives to Heat Lamps?

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This is my first time attempting anything in this kind of forum. I've done some research but been unable to find what I'm looking for. I am in the Military specifically the U.S. Air Force. Due to regulations that are in place I am not allowed to have a heat lamp running when I am not in my dorm room. I am attempting to find an alternative that does not necessarily include an exposed heating element. I've thought that perhaps a fish tank heater placed in the bottom of the tank under the dirt/sand but i am unsure if that would pass be permitted. Are there any other alternatives that could be used or an argument proving the safety of heating elements?

Note: This enclosure would be for a medium or larger sized snake, juvenile Boa more likely.
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Re: Alternatives to Heat Lamps?

Hello! Welcome to the community! You can get UTHs (under tank heating mats) which vary in size and wattage which once attached to a thermostat would work wonderfully for your boa
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Old 11-09-19, 09:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for the information! I greatly appreciate it, hopefully my leadership will approve UTHs as a valid alternative. Again, many thanks!
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Re: Alternatives to Heat Lamps?

Other than a heat lamp your options are heat mats or a radiant heat panel (RHP). Depending on the ambient temperature of the room the snake would be in wheat mat may not be enough. A RHP is more expensive up front, but definitely worth the investment.

Regardless of which heat source you choose, keep in mind it must be regulated by a thermostat as well.
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