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RE: Heating a melamine enclosure

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Posted by: markg at Fri May 19 16:56:06 2017  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]  
   

I place the probe (dangle it) about 8 inches above the cage floor just off to the side of the RHP. You will have to experiment with the thermostat setting. Heat panels radiate heat downwards, so air temperature is not always indicative of how much a snake below the heat panel can warm up to. Obviously, you need some limit. I set the limit to 84, and I find that works well.

I use a wood platform to allow the boa to be about 8 inches below the heat panel. The platform is larger in area than the heat panel. The boa moves around on the platform according to its needs, or goes below it if wanting cooler temps. Works quite well. I find that boas like to sit elevated on a platform much of the time. Boas like grainy wood surfaces too, more than paper. They like texture.

During times of lower room humidity, I put a plastic tray on the platform filled with wet cypress mulch.


   

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