Getting a milk snake soon. I have a lamp with a repto bulb and all that good stuff. But somthings telling me to get a uth. First snake so i dont really know fully what im doing but ive done reasech. So How do i use a uth. Do i need one? Should i use the lamp and a uth? And what uth should i buy or are they all the same?
Also I know a snake needs two hides on hot and cold side. But would a third hide hurt it?
UTH will heat the floor of tank but won't affect ambient temperature much. Get one that is about 30-40% of the bottom of tank. Stick it on the bottom of the outside of tank. Buy a thermostat or at least a rheostat (lamp dimmer switch) to control heat output. They get too hot for milks going full power.
If your room temp is below low 70's you may need a low wattage lamp to bump up the ambient air temperature a bit during daylight hours.
Also, put together your tank and heating ahead of time. Test it for a few days BEFORE you get the snake. The reptile general thread here is filled with people who hadn't figured out the heating situation first and proceed to fiddle and troubleshoot with the animal already in the tank. You want to avoid that.
So i use a uvb light wiht heating pad? Do i turn the heating pad off ever? will the glass be ok?
Does anybody have a setup i can see to make sure im doing this right.Im trying to reaserch but im finding the same shit everywhere
No, just a heat bulb if your ambient temp is too low. And only during the day time for 12 hours. You can use a ceramic heat emitter if you want 24 hour additional heat. However, this is not necessary if your home's room temp is in the low 70's.
UTH does not hurt aquarium glass. Yes you leave it on all the time but you must regulate it with a thermostat otherwise it will be too hot for your snake.
if you need a UTH, you can slap it on there and leave it, but you absolutely need a rheostat with it. I didn't believe it was necessary myself - I'm only keeping a hissing cockroach warm for crying out loud - but once you mount the heater and feel how hot it gets running full blast: you need the goddamn rheostat control, unless you want to torture/kill your pet.
It throttles power to the device you are using. Literally a "light dimmer switch". Plug uth into and there's a slider or knob, etc. You can get them at a hardware store or perhaps in the reptile aisle
THATS WHAT THE SUBSTRATE IS FOR. Jesus its like you think your snake won't be like "wow this is hot, maybe i should move". You are almost as bad as the people saying other living creatures can't feel pain or emotions simply becos they aren't human. Here I'll make you a guide:
>install uth at bottom
>make sure you have decent lay of substrate (snakes like to burrow too, so keep that in mind)
>measure uth so its not more than 90°F
>get rheostat to limit uth power if it's too high
>walk away and give your snake some love after a few days when its used to your environment
If you can't understand this, don't own a snake or any pet.
Rheostat is only good if the temperature inside your house is the same year round. When the inside temperature rises or falls, you have to adjust it. Get a real thermostat or you will have to keep adjusting it.
I plan on putting a new bp im getting into a plastic container until petcos dollar per gallon sale rolls around.
Already have my uth and a zilla rheostat just wondering if it will work ok to apply to the plastic bin Im going to use and then take off and apply to the eventual tank.
Also how much space do I need underneath the enclosure to let hot air escape. Room It's going in will already be 78-85 throughout the day/night due to my iguana in the same room