Getting the Right Heating for Your Pet Reptile

Reptiles are animals in the class Reptilia characterized by breathing air, a “cold-blooded”

Ceramic Heating

Ceramic Heating

metabolism, laying tough-shelled amniotic eggs, and skin with scales. Reptiles are amazing creatures. A lot of pet enthusiasts are hooked with pet reptiles.

Regulating the temperature in your reptile’s shelter is very important. Since all reptiles are cold blooded, they need an external heat source to keep themselves warm. Reptiles will not survive long enough in captivity without providing ample heating system. Here we describe the commonly used heating systems.

LIGHT BULBS

Perhaps the most common method to supply heat for animals is by using light-weight bulbs. These bulbs can be easily purchased from hardware shops and pet stores. When you have a light-weight bulb installed as a source of warmth, you must have a thermostat to control the heat from the bulb. The bulb must be enclosed to keep your reptile from touching the bulb.

CERAMIC HEATERS

Ceramic heat emitters are glorious for making hot spots in components of the terrarium. Like in nature the warmth is coming from the ceiling and recreates natural conditions for the animals inside the terrarium.

HEAT MATS

These are thin mats that are sometimes laid underneath one half of the vivarium and offer off a small quantity of heat. Heat mats also are referred to as heat pads. These are considerably one of the least expensive heating systems on the market.

HOT ROCKS

Hot rocks use a lamp that acts as the sun and warms the rock that the reptile lays on. Heating the rock from an above source reduces the danger of burning the reptile. Hot rocks are used primarily for ground-dwelling lizards like bearded dragons, and not for arboreal reptiles like the iguana. If not regulated properly, the hot rocks may cause burns on your pet reptile.

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