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What do you think of the Exo-Terra hot rocks?

  • I've used them personally and thought they were good

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  • I've used them personally and did not think they were good

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  • I haven't used them, but would consider it if other people said they were good

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  • I haven't used them and would not consider doing so.

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I know from experience that the old style heatrocks were dangerous and a liability, and I think its fair to say that the vast majority of people on here would baulk at the idea of using them now.

However, I've recently heard a raving review from a friend who tried one of the new Exo-Terra hotrocks in her hognose setup and loved it - supposedly they are built with a cut-out style thermostat to prevent them overheating and causing thermal burns. I've seen them advertised on suppliers websites but have always just skimmed past them and headed straight to the heatmats section. But today I decided to look them up and have a read.

Here's what Exo-Terra say:

'Unlike other Hot Rocks on the market these have a built in thermostat to prevent overheating and the risk of burns.

• Easy to clean
• Natural Look
• Promotes natural behaviour
• Facilitates digestion
• Electronically-controlled heating element
• Even heat distribution
• Fully-encased element
• Energy efficient


The Heat Wave Rock simulates a stone heated by the sun (in nature, even after sunset, stones maintain some heat for several hours). Various reptiles, including nocturnal, use this form of conductive heat for thermoregulation which is important for metabolism and digestion. The Heat Wave Rock automatically shuts off when a certain surface temperature is reached to prevent burns or overheating. The fully-encased electronically controlled heating element covers the stone and prevents hot spots. The special thermal conductive resin is waterproof, non-toxic, easy to clean and ensures an even heat distribution. Natural looking Heat Wave Rocks are available in three sizes and are easy to integrate in any terrarium set-up.

NOT SUITABLE for humid inviroments.
MUST NOT be placed directly under spot/heat lamps or on top of heat mats but also must be placed in the vivarium in such a way as to still leave a cool area.

With the large Heat Wave rock only being 15W power output it will not be suitable as the sole heat source in many reptile setups.

So then - what do we think? I'd be interested to hear other people's views and reviews from people who actually have first-hand experience with these.
 

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would never touch them
 

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to be fair ive never used a normal one and havn't seent hese but if there were actually good id consider getting one purely because of the fact it looks more natural than a cermaic n guard
 

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I'm not a fan of heat rocks but...
When the hagen rep came into the shop trying to sell them to me I asked her to let me demonstrate why they are dangerous.
I sat on that bloody heat rock for the entire meeting to show that they get to hot and every time it got warm it cut out.

As heat rocks go these are pretty safe.

I'm not 100% convinced and I'd certainly never use them for snakes.
 

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I'd rather eat them than put one in with my animals. The cut out isn't adjustable, there is no guarantee that the heating element isn't closer to the surface in some spots than others, causing pockets of excess heat, they can't be used in humid environments, so what happens when a water bowl is knocked over or a snake basks on it immediately after leaving their water etc. etc.
 

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I'd rather eat them than put one in with my animals. The cut out isn't adjustable, there is no guarantee that the heating element isn't closer to the surface in some spots than others, causing pockets of excess heat, they can't be used in humid environments, so what happens when a water bowl is knocked over or a snake basks on it immediately after leaving their water etc. etc.
or craps on it :shock:

Dunno about you but i dont much fancy getting an electric shock up the backside...

Id never use one - theres simply no NEED. If you want to provide your animal with a nice place to bask, get a nice piece of slate and put it in the warm end under the ceramic - jobs a good'un : victory:
 

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From what I've heard about heat rocks I don't think I'd want to risk one.
 

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If they had a user-adjustable thermostat and were properly sealed around the electrics, I would use them - I'd see them as not significantly different to heat mats at that point.

Because they don't - and the thermal cut out is not 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit, it's more like 120 - I am not interested. They're more expensive than a heat mat and I'd STILL need to plug it into a thermostat.
 

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I'm going to throw a spanner into the works somewhat.

I have a monitors.

They have a basking lamp.

The lamp is located over a 'rock' (for this argument).

The rock gets hot and they bask on it, too hot they move, want to bask they come back.

Its not given a second thought about super heating a rock with lamp that stays hot for hours and has no more control over the temp other than whats dictated by the lamp above. At least the the hot rock can be attached to a stat.

I do think that people often forget that these are wild animals and don't live with stats in their natural habitat. Not every day is the same and temps fluctuate as does the humidity. They move and decide what they want so if the hot rock gets too hot then they move?

I wouldn't use one as I'm not keen on Exoterra anyways and they look gash.
 

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never used 1 and never intend to.
i have never been a fan of these, and never will.
my snakes are all happy with their setups so why fix something that aint broke with something that will probably go wrong and kill.
 

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I'm going to throw a spanner into the works somewhat.

I have a monitors.

They have a basking lamp.

The lamp is located over a 'rock' (for this argument).

The rock gets hot and they bask on it, too hot they move, want to bask they come back.

Its not given a second thought about super heating a rock with lamp that stays hot for hours and has no more control over the temp other than whats dictated by the lamp above. At least the the hot rock can be attached to a stat.

I do think that people often forget that these are wild animals and don't live with stats in their natural habitat. Not every day is the same and temps fluctuate as does the humidity. They move and decide what they want so if the hot rock gets too hot then they move?

I wouldn't use one as I'm not keen on Exoterra anyways and they look gash.
-They pee on a rock, it's still just a rock.

-The temperature in 99% of our cases, is controlled by a thermostat.

-As far as I know, snakes only have heat receptors in their head. A concentrated hot spot elsewhere will mean they get burnt before they are warm enough to decide to move off.
 

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I first saw one of these in Pets at Home, and asked their reptile expert about them. He had to train at a college that were specialists in exotics/ reptiles, apparently the only one in the country. He said that that college put lots of temperature sensors over the surface of a few of them for several months, but didn't find anything wrong.
However, this could be just sales talk shining through, but I don't know. I'd go with these with an open mind though, as they are controlled by a thermostat, and realistically, how much worse can they be than a heat mat on the floor?
 
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