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RE: Best Heating for a 48"x16"x16" Terrarium

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Posted by: markg at Wed Jan 24 16:02:52 2018  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]  
   

For a brooksi, which is a good-sized colubrid as an adult, the radiant heat panel is excellent as you know. This is especially true when using a wood cage with a wood floor. A ceramic heat bulb is also effective in the same way, but you need a bulb guard for that if inside the cage. I see bulb guards avail in the UK. You can always make your own, but that is a pain.

If the cage floor is glass, then you could use a heat mat instead and put it under the cage - either taped or glued directly to the glass beneath the cage. The temperature controller probe would go right on the heat mat, secured underneath it.

If the cage floor is a composite material (aka particle board or melamine) and is thin enough, you could still attach a heat mat underneath if the ambient room temp is not too cold.

If the cage floor is wood or composite and is thick, what you do is cut a rectangle a bit larger than the heat mat, then silicon a piece of glass or expanded PVC plastic on top of the cutout. Then put your heat mat under that.


   

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