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Old 06-03-2013, 11:11 PM
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I have just bought a Royal python ( yes i will post pics very soon ) it is complete with rub and heat mat water bowl and hide. The rub is about 2 1/2ft in length and 7inch deep so quite large.

What i am looking to do is put the royal in a 3ft viv so i can have better control over the heating but what i wanted to know is do you think it is worth me doing this just now as the snake is new to me not settled in yet and will have to order the viv

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:13 PM
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Im putting my royal straight in a 3ft viv when i get it on the weekend.
As long as there are plenty of hides and cover they will be fine

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:19 PM
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I would do it soon as you can and get all the moving and stress over with in a short space of time then leave him to settle in for a few weeks. Pack out the viv with lots of hides/plants/corkbark etc so he gets to feel really secure quickly as he will know he has lots of cover and places to hide in near by should he feel the need to. Royals are all about security...get this down and you will have one happy/confident/good feeding royal who will be out exploring more often during the day as well as night ....coz he feels confident and safe in his enclosure
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:23 PM
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Hi Heathster,

Thats what i thought would be best to do instead of stressing the Royal out anymore than needs to

I have plenty of hides for him and can't wait to hold him but i know i will have to give it a couple of weeks to settle in first.

Hope all goes well with yours at the weekend.

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:26 PM
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Hi Artisan,

Thanks for that like i said to heathster i did think this would be the best thing saving stress on the snake i will get the viv ordered tomorrow on next day if not i will go and buy one from local pet shop.

What is your take on heating mat or lamp ?

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:35 PM
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Lamp.
I use a 100w infrared exo terra red bulb, used to have it on a dimmer stat but it doesnt need one as the temps are perfect without using it.
And thats in a 3ft vic so should work fine for you, just make sure bulbs are caged

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:36 PM
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Hi Artisan,

Thanks for that like i said to heathster i did think this would be the best thing saving stress on the snake i will get the viv ordered tomorrow on next day if not i will go and buy one from local pet shop.

What is your take on heating mat or lamp ?

Many thanks
Graham
Ceramic for a viv definitely. So much better. Guarded and statted obviously. Mats dont give a temp gradient throughout the viv and i wouldnt use a mat with a royal anyways in a viv as these IMO should be reserved for RUBs and smaller/younger snakes. A ceramic will give a lovely all over warm enviroment for the snake and he wont have to search for a mat that only gives off heat to whatever touches it...and have to stay on it just to keep warm. Instead he can go off on his jolly travels round the viv whilst keeping warm too
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:49 PM
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Hi Heathster / Artisan,

Many thanks for the advice i will get all my bits ordered up in the morning and hopefully have them for friday.

Anything else that you think i would be needing for the Royal before i order all this ?

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:53 PM
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Plenty of hides
Fake plants
Water bowl
Substrate (kitchen towel/aspen ect)
Ceramic bulb holder (if using ceramic bulb)
100w ceramic heat bulb OR 100w heat red bulb (red as they cant see the colour red very well so it can be left on all tge time and not affect thier day/night cycle)
Bulb cage/guard
Pulse stat (if using ceramic heat bulb) OR dimmer stat (if using heat bulb)
A couple of digital thermometers (ebay for less than £2 each) one at the warm end and one at the cool end

That should be everything you need

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Old 06-03-2013, 11:55 PM
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You will need a ceramic light holder (plastic one will melt/cause a fire) and this can be bought in a kit off ebay with the heat cable and plug included quite cheaply (i always get these off ebay) also you can get ceramic bulbs/guards on there to. i have used both branded ceramics and also the poultry ones on there......i haven't had to change a bulb in around 2 years and these are all cheaper then the shops (usually)
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