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Old 21-10-2019, 09:34 PM
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I have a 1 and half year old Rainbow Boa in a 3 foot viv.

Over the summer his viv has been heated by a heatmat attached to a thermostat which has worked perfect but now the colder weather is coming the room which he is in does get pretty cool in winter so would you reccommend me changing to a ceramic heat bulb attached to a thermostat? I do have one installed but ready to use if need be

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Old 21-10-2019, 11:19 PM
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Have a read up on them .. I seem to recall they donít like it too warm ..


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Old 22-10-2019, 01:04 AM
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You can achieve low temps with a ceramic. Like any form of heating controlled via a thermostat it maintains whatever temperatures you set it to. The only difference is that ceramics warm the air as well as the substrate / animal below it, where a mat only heats the substrate
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Old 22-10-2019, 03:51 AM
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You can achieve low temps with a ceramic. Like any form of heating controlled via a thermostat it maintains whatever temperatures you set it to. The only difference is that ceramics warm the air as well as the substrate / animal below it, where a mat only heats the substrate


My only concern with ceramics is the way they dry everything out .. my BRBs definitely preferred things humid / damp .. I had a lush layer of moss completely covering the viv floor .


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Old 22-10-2019, 10:36 PM
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You either need a ceramic or a heat panel. My BRB has only ever been on a ceramic since day one.


Heat mats.. no ... I'm surprised the snake is not sick yet with a R.I.




They need a ground hot spot in the hot area of 28c-29c. The ground should be damp or sprayed when that temperature should read 28c.


The cold end wants to be 23-25c. Which it will be using a ceramic at the hot end. You don't need to do any night drops as at night the cool end will drop a little more on its own. If you decide to add a night drop, drop the thermostat down by 1c to 2c max at night only.


Just make sure the bedding is sprayed daily and kept damp .. not swimming wet but nice and damp, orchid bark and some forest/ sphagnum moss mixed into the bedding.
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