Reptile Heat Mats

Keeping reptiles as pets can be an interesting and educating experience, but you must give the right care in order to see them lead a long and healthy life by using good reptile supplies. Reptiles are cold-blooded animals, so they are unable to regulate their body temperature like humans and other animals can. When they live in the wild they enjoy basking in the sun as a way to warm up their bodies. Keeping reptiles inside your home may mean that they don't have exposure to sun and can often endure cool temperatures in the colder months. If you want to ensure that your reptile is able to keep warm when it chooses, installing a heat mat in their cage is a great idea.

Heat Pad Design

Heat pads are either rectangular or square shape and come in different sizes, so you can find one that fits into your tank or cage. They are generally only around 5 to 10 mm thick and often come with a water-resistant cover. Some heat pads are self-adhesive, so they stick to the flooring, while others can just lay down for easy removal and cleaning. Heat pads come with either a USB cord or a wall socket plug.

Heat Pad Temperature

Heat pads usually can heat up to around 25 to 35 degrees, and you should use them in conjunction with a thermostat to ensure that the enclosure is not under or over heated. The temperature of the enclosure will depend on the setting of the heat pad along with how much outside air gets in. You may need to play around with the temperature setting to get a comfortable environment, as you don't want to make it too hot or too cold. Before setting up your heat pad, it's a good idea to research about the optimum temperature for your pet.

Ceramic Heat Bulbs

An alternative to using heat mats in your reptile's cage is ceramic heat bulbs. Heat bulbs do not actually emit light but only heat, so your reptile can feel like it's enjoying warmth from the sun.