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Old 09-07-16, 04:19 PM   #31 (permalink)
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yep bought that termostat. primed it itll be here friday. also a humidity gauge. hes was chillin under the hide on the cold side for most of the night and came out for a bit to check out the rest of his tank. im pretty excited!
Happy days then, he'll be sorted soon and it sounds like he's in good hands anyway...
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Ok so my roommate and I are having a debate about the heat lamp I have. On the care sheets I've read it talks about the overhead lamps for heat right? If I have the UTH I don't necessarily need the lamp correct? He's under the impression that the lamp needs to be on all day for heat. Let me add he's not a snake owner but he has chameleons and goes to our local serpantarium and he keeps going back too "why would they always have lights on their pythons?" I'm guessing cause they don't have UTHs..... Can someone reassure me about the heat? The tank should be around 80ish and the UTH side around 90 right?
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The serpentarium has animals on display. It's very hard to do that without lights.

If you can achieve and maintain proper ambient temps without a light, then don't use one because it will sap humidity from the enclosure.
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That's what I said! I said there are lights because they are selling the snakes haha
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Yep a snake that is nocturnal does not have need for uvb light like your friends diurnal chameleons do.
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Just read through this thread and see they're suggesting things like thermostats and such. I didn't notice this mentioned, but I personally can't go without my IR (infra-red) temp gun. Just point it at the surface, holding it right at the surface you're measuring a temp on so you get less ambient reading as possible, and it gives you an idea of how well your thermostat is working (usually; I've had thermostats be faulty from the factory once or twice). Plus its fun to zap things around the house with it, if you're a bit of a nerd.
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I'm go an try and feed him today. The previous owner said he was feeding him Small to medium rats not mice. Should I stick with that diet or what do you guys think? Also should I just feed him in his enclosure or what? Remember I'm new to this and browsing forums has some answers but not exactly to my questions.
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Also I know you guys recommended leaving him alone for a bit to get used to his new setting but the previous owner (I talked to him a bit about the snake yesterday) said he should be ok cause it's the same tank and what not.... Any thoughts on that? I was gonna try and pick him up yesterday and he was a bit skiddish as I would gentle touch his back. It kind of startled me as I'm a new snake owner so I didn't pick him up. Do you think it was because he was kind of neglected before I got him or are they mostly like that?
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How long have you had him. Sorry you may have said before. I'd wait a good 2 weeks before trying to feed.

Also note bp's are notorious for not eating for weeks if not months at a time so don't be too alarmed if he doesn't take the prey.
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This is my 3rd day. Same tank just new bedding and 2 new hides. Previous owner said he hasn't eaten in a month.
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I'd get the temps and humidity dialed in and let the snake acclimate for a week before offering food. Waiting a few extra days to feed him won't hurt at all and will probably reduce the chances of a refusal.
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Ok cool. Humidity gauge and thermostat will be here tomorrow morning. I'll wait til next week for food. And stick with rats?
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If he's eating rats that's a good thing and you'll definitely want to keep him on rats. You can offer other prey items once he's eating consistently for you if you like.
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Cool thanks. Appreciate the help everyone id rather ask these basic questions then guess what to do.
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Cool thanks. Appreciate the help everyone id rather ask these basic questions then guess what to do.
Keep asking! No one minds answering particularly when it's clear you want to learn and give your snake the best possible cars.
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