Well last night my wife and I had a little scare regarding our Ball Pythons and Leopard geckos. I use digital thermometers with temperature probes in my reptile enclosures, and periodically move the probes around to make sure I have good temps across the entire enclosures. The other day I decided to try moving the probes into the hot hides of my geckos and ball pythons. I didn't want them crawling over and dragging the probes out of the hides though, so I buried the probes in the substrate down near the heat pads. (Some of you may guess where this is going) Fast forward to last night, my wife goes to feed our geckos and check on everyone, and sees the temp in the pythons hot hide is 126 degrees farenheit, and the geckos are at 120 degrees. So we open the door to our reptile room, make sure nobody is in their hot spots, and start troubleshooting. Surface temps in the hotspots don't feel abnormally hot(I know I should have a temp gun, and it's on my to get list, but don't have one yet). After about 30 minutes of fretting, it dawns on me, that I had buried the temperature probes...so I dig them up and just set them on top of the substrate inside the hides. Of course as soon as I did that the temps started plummeting, and within minutes were back down to more reasonable temperatures. Needless to say my wife and I were pretty freaked out for a bit, thinking, " Have we been slow cooking our snakes and geckos all this time??" Luckily all is well, but I figured I would share in case anyone else gets the same "bright idea" I had for checking the temperature of a reptiles hides.