So, I got a new albino corn snake and am loving him. This is my first snake and I have been reading any and everything I can about care. I got this guy from my cousin this past Saturday. He was holding onto it for his buddy who then decided he didn't want it anymore. And then my cousin's wife said she didn't like it. So, I was like PICK ME!!!!!! Anyway, he's very happy and healthy and seems to be doing great. My question right now is about the heating. They have used an undertank heater and a lamp. This lamp just has a 60 W bulb in it, so it isn't a super hot one. The tank is a 20 gal. My snake is about 2 - 2 1/2 feet long. I have yet to hear from my cousin how old he is. Still waiting. I read that albinos don't like the light quite so much, and they really don't need it. So the first day I just left the lamp off. The thing is, the temp says it is about 74 on the warm side without the lamp. There is no temp gage on the cooler side, so I can only assume it is lower than that, which I feel may be too cool when the lamp isn't plugged in. So today I turned the lamp on and it has made it up to around 82 on the warm side. He just ate yesterday, so I am concerned the heat is too low if it is only around the 74 on the warm side for him to properly digest. I'd prefer not to use the lamp if possible. Just because he doesn't need the light, and he likes to stick his nose against the screen to try to find a way out, I worry he will burn himself. The UTH doesn't have a temp control and it is working. The temp gage is near the bottom of the tank. But 74 on the warm side seems too cold to me. But I am FAR from an expert here.