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Old 12-05-2009, 12:33 PM
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Okay folks this debate has been done a million times already.

But im sick of greedy shop owners sprouting they are The Best and selling new Beardie owners heat mats! This is a con for more money. Then slagging off other reputable shops for not doing so

In the wild Beardies get their heat from the sun - the earth obviously heats up as a byproduct of the suns heat. This does not mean they need heat mats.

You run the risk of burning your beardie who will not realise they are overheating

Well, do you agree or disagree
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:35 PM
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i agree, none of my beardies have heat mats as the temps dont drop enough at night for the need of them.
 
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:39 PM
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Look, by you guys its really a lot colder than here by me, but even in winter (which it is now) by me, they need their heat mat!

The lights in beardies vivs, do not raise the heat enough for them, so the heat mat helps!

If the temps are correct, you cannot overheat them, and you will also notice they stay away from the warm side of their viv all the time, if it is too hot!

My heat mat is off during summer, (unless its a cold day) as their proper heat is obtained without it, but in winter it must be on, or else they are too cold!

So therefore, it is a necessity if the temps that lights provide are too low, which in most cases, they are!
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:43 PM
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Look, by you guys its really a lot colder than here by me, but even in winter (which it is now) by me, they need their heat mat!

The lights in beardies vivs, do not raise the heat enough for them, so the heat mat helps!

If the temps are correct, you cannot overheat them, and you will also notice they stay away from the warm side of their viv all the time, if it is too hot!

My heat mat is off during summer, (unless its a cold day) as their proper heat is obtained without it, but in winter it must be on, or else they are too cold!

So therefore, it is a necessity if the temps that lights provide are too low, which in most cases, they are!
I personally ahve never used a heatmat HOWEVER I know a few people who, when they switch the heat bulbs off on a night ahve a mat on so the beardies dont get too cold. I think whatever works best for each individual. If you find things are better with a mat then keep doing as you are.

The only thing I must say is heat mats are unnecessary during the day.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:44 PM
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my beardies are on a heatbulb and the temp is fine in there for them, they dont need a heat mat aswell i dont want to cook them.
and if your heatbulb isnt providing enough heat get a higher wattage!
 
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I also use a heat mat at night to keep the temps up, i never use it during the day tho =]
 
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i was told they are fine 2 use on a night if ya temps drop really low and 2 put 1 on the out side of the bk wall of the viv just 2 keep temps up for night time but i wud never use 1 on the floor in side of the viv for my beardie as i here tht it can cause serous damage 2 there bellys if over heated
 
Old 12-05-2009, 01:03 PM
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and if your heatbulb isnt providing enough heat get a higher wattage!
Personally, I cant get a higher wattage, as my one beardie thinks that she's spiderman, and climbs up the walls, and has a tendency to climb on the bulb, and hang there. I put a guard around it, and she managed to get it off, (i do put it back, but she still gets t off) so a higher wattage would be lethal to her!

Not so sure what to do about that problem...
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:13 PM
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use a better guard/screws and/or get a ceramic for the night time temps... what size viv do you have? if she is climbing toward the heat bulb she is obviously wanting the heat?
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