Hiya! First post and first diy snake enclosure. Actually first any project of this kind. I'm so excited. I have a ~7' (haven't measured her in over a year) red tail, Stella. She's awesome but has long outgrown her tank, so I've decided to repurpose a tv cabinet to be her new home. I'll include pics. There's a shelf (like for a DVD player at the top where I'd like to put a heating element above her and then a drawer under the main unit where I plan on putting another heat spot then lights in the main section to maintain warmth. Thoughts on best way to heat those two spots? The one in the drawer I'm a little nervous to place a heat mat right on the wood shelf so I was thinking of outting down some tiles then the heat Matt, and then covering it with tiles as well. So it's a tile sandwich. Good idea? For the top I was thinking I would place screen or chicken wire over the top and then lay a heat Matt onto that. I will be detaching and then hinging the top of the unit for access purposes so the heating element won't touch the wood, but it will be in the vicinity of it. Maybe line that with tiles too, which may also radiate more heat down? Or some sort of reflective surface? Thanks all and great forums from what little I've overused in my 5 minutes of joining.