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Heating Advice For Kingsnake

Discussion in 'Kingsnakes' started by SPruitt22, Aug 25, 2018.

  1. SPruitt22

    SPruitt22 Active Member

    So I live in Colorado where it gets pretty cold in the winter and wanted some advice for properly heating my Arizona Mountain Kingsnake. I currently have a 100-watt daytime basking lamp and a small 5-gallon heat pad. I have recorded the heat pad getting over 100 degrees so I bought a thermostat to turn the heat pad off when it gets to 90 degrees so my snake won't get burned since he likes to burrow. My question is if I should have the basking light on during the day and the pad on at night or should I leave the pad on all day and night?
     
  2. Lori68

    Lori68 Established Member

    For my snakes that have an UTH pad, I use a herpstat with them. If you get a good brand of thermostat, it will regulate the temps all the time so there is no worry about it getting too hot during the day with an overhead light turned on. My particular herpstats I bought have been running 24/7 for about 8 years now without issues. I'm actually worried I'm going to jinx myself since I'm boasting about how little I've had to worry about them all this time, but they are a good investment if that's the type of set up you have
     
  3. Darkbird

    Darkbird Moderator Staff Member

    I would lose the heat lamp and just get a light for viewing. The heat pad will do a fine job keeping a hotspot. If your having an issue keeping the cage ambients up, consider getting a ceramic heat emitter and either another t-stat or maybe a herpstat2, which could run both independently. That would allow you to stabilize cage temps better. You can also look into insulating the cage, which is usually easy to do and will save electricity.
     
  4. SPruitt22

    SPruitt22 Active Member

    Does it make sense to buy a UVB light? I just bought a Reptisun 5.0 UVB 13 Watt mini compact and was wondering if it would help my kingsnake. It does say it is for tropical reptiles which my kingsnake is not. Should I use it or would natural sunlight work better?
     
  5. Darkbird

    Darkbird Moderator Staff Member

    Take the UV light back, totally unnecessary for your snake. Never used any sort of UV for any of my snakes, including balls, burms, green tree pythons, boas, kings, and corns. It won't hurt anything, but you are just wasting money.



    Edited for spelling since autocorrect got me again, lol.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2018
  6. SPruitt22

    SPruitt22 Active Member

    Ok, thank you.
     
  7. SPruitt22

    SPruitt22 Active Member

    So I am going to have to upgrade to a larger heat pad. The five-gallon one just isn't cutting it. It was 45 degrees outside yesterday but the hotspot temperature dropped 10 degrees, so it won't be enough for when it really starts getting cold here. So I was wondering if I should get a 10 gallon or 20-gallon heat pad. My king is in a 24X18X18in enclosure.
     
  8. Darkbird

    Darkbird Moderator Staff Member

    I would get the larger one, you can easily go up to having 1/3 or the floor space covered by the heat pad, and as long as you have a thermostat it won't overheat.
     
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  9. SPruitt22

    SPruitt22 Active Member

    Thanks, I'll get the 20-gallon one then!
     
  10. toddnbecka

    toddnbecka Well Established Member

    Check out the ultratherm heat mats. They're much better quality than the stick-on type, and won't get hot enough to start a fire or cook your critters like some will if the thermostat fails and the mat just keeps getting hotter.
     
  11. SPruitt22

    SPruitt22 Active Member

    Thanks, I will be sure to look into those.
     

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