Hello everyone, A couple of days ago I purchased my first snake (Kenyan Sand Boa) at a local reptile show, yay! I just have a question concerning the heating in the cage. I purchased a U.T.H. for heating as well as an incandescent day light. I keep the U.T.H. running 24/7 and the light on for 12 hours a day. During the day in the hot spot my thermometer tells me it is 92 degrees F and on the cold side is roughly 80 degrees F. At night the hot side reads about 80 degrees and the cold about 72. One thing I noticed today that really concerned me was that when i pulled back the substrate and touched the glass directly where the U.T.H. was, it was scalding hot. I couldn't keep my hand on it more than a couple seconds. I went out to look for a dimmer/rheostat but Petco, Petsmart, Home Depot, and Walmart didn't have them so I ended up buying some of that reptile carpet and put a small strip of it directly over where the heat pad is. Will this be okay? I'm concerned without the carpet it will burn my new snake. I'm also concerned that with the carpet it might block too much of the heat. Unfortunately the crappy little thermometer I chose isnt much help. It is permanently affixed to the bottom corner of the tank (about 1/2 inch from the base of the tank where the heat mat is). Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for me? Thanks in adnvace.