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Advice on Heat/Lighting for Snake Room

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Posted by: lenrely at Mon May 9 14:52:19 2016  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by lenrely ]  
   

I am having a rental office built for snakes; the outer wall is brick with no natural light. The room has an independent Frigidaire thermostat and I am thinking of setting up an ordinary lamp on an electronic timer with a grow-light bulb to simulate daylight for the entire room. Would it be wise to use the climate controls to eliminate the need for heating devices, in which case should I visit twice a day to change from day to night temps or just leave it on a constant middle temperature as you would at home? Here are some problems I’ve had with rental places before... 1. A heat lamp with timer directly over the tank fried a corn snake, not because it had no cool place to go but because it didn’t have the sense to move. 2. I had to give up tropicals, keeping temperates only now with room-temperature brumation and incubation. This place is much closer to me so I may have more options again.
PS- Not hoping for an “I like lamps” vs. “I prefer pads” discussion, they tend to eclipse the facts.


   

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