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Old 07-07-2011, 07:29 PM
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i am moving my first corn from a plastic container to a wooden viv but i was wondering wether to put the heatmat under the substrate or outside the viv
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:31 PM
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In the viv, under the substrate, as long as its statted
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:34 PM
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Neither, get a guarded, statted, bulb in there....heatmats in vivs are, in my opinion, asking for trouble.
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Neither, get a guarded, statted, bulb in there....heatmats in vivs are, in my opinion, asking for trouble.
in what way are they asking for trouble
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:40 PM
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Heatmat in a viv is fine as long as it's statted.
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:45 PM
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I've ran heatmats in my vivs, funnily enough all my snakes are healthy. Put it under substrate and inside...
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:57 PM
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in what way are they asking for trouble
Well, most reptile enclosures have a water source in them and many snakes in particular are known to either move through their water and around their viv or to move or tip their waterbowl....heatmat terminals are not waterproof and when you have a heatmat in a viv the terminal is inside....water + electricity = an accident waiting to happen.

There are other reasons but i'm not getting into an argument over it on the internet on a forum, it's not a risk i'd personally take and I prefer a guarded bulb.

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Old 07-07-2011, 08:26 PM
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Well, most reptile enclosures have a water source in them and many snakes in particular are known to either move through their water and around their viv or to move or tip their waterbowl....heatmat terminals are not waterproof and when you have a heatmat in a viv the terminal is inside....water + electricity = an accident waiting to happen.

There are other reasons but i'm not getting into an argument over it on the internet on a forum, it's not a risk i'd personally take and I prefer a guarded bulb.

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used heatmat outside of viv with stat thermometer inside
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:30 PM
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I agree with MagisSqueak on this one, heat mats 'can' be dangerous inside and outside of vivs. You'd be better off getting yourself a bulb or ceramic.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:05 PM
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Well, most reptile enclosures have a water source in them and many snakes in particular are known to either move through their water and around their viv or to move or tip their waterbowl....heatmat terminals are not waterproof and when you have a heatmat in a viv the terminal is inside....water + electricity = an accident waiting to happen.

There are other reasons but i'm not getting into an argument over it on the internet on a forum, it's not a risk i'd personally take and I prefer a guarded bulb.

Depends what bowl you're using (weight) and how close it is to matt... If your gaps on your gaurd aren't big enough your snake might get into it. There are a million possibilities of things that could go wrong with anything you just try to minimalise them. I and plenty others have no problems at all using mats..
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