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The majority of reptiles come from warm climates therefore it is necessary to replicate their natural living environment within the housing you have created for them. The reason for keeping a high temperature in your reptiles vivarium is because reptiles are ectothermic creatures that cannot regulate their own body temperature meaning that the use the environment they are in to heat their body. Not only does a warm temperature keep the reptiles warm it also aids the digestion process, therefore it is imperative that you heat your reptiles vivarium correctly.
Your reptiles cage should have a temperature gradient within it that allows for a warm and a cool area, this is to allow the reptile housed within the tank to move to a temperature where they feel comfortable. This benefits the reptile because it can move to the hot area of the tank after a meal so the heat can help them digest their food quicker. An average reptile temperature within a housing should be no cooler than 20C and no warmer than 32C to ensure a good temperature variation within the tank. A thermometer offers a good way to keep a constant eye on the temperature within your reptiles caging.

Types of Heater:

Heat Mats - These heat your reptiles vivarium from underneath the cage to maintain a constant heat for your reptile. The heat mat tends to warm items within the cage rather than the air. This action of heating is very similar to the sun and it has the ability to heat anything that is housed around the mat, however the air temperature is not greatly affected. Reptiles absorb this at in a manner very similar to basking in a natural enviroment. Heat mats provide a very gentle warmth which the animal can sit under or on top of.

Ceramic Heaters - These are a radiant heat source that create a natural sun-like heat within your reptiles vivarium. The long wave infrared heat produced by this emitter will warm reptiles very efficiently. It also increases the ambient air-temperature in the terrarium. Infrared heat penetrates the scales and skin tissue, promoting health and healing as it widens the blood vessels and increases blood circulation. This is also an excellent way of providing heat to your reptile's enclosure over night as it emmits no visible UV rays.

Heat Rocks - Heat Rocks simulate a stone heated by the sun . Various reptiles, including nocturnal, use this form of conductive heat for thermoregulation which is important for the reptiles metabolism and digestion.

Basking lamps - Basking lamps are similar to a spot lamp in appearance. They differ in that the construction of the lamp provides for a concentrated vertical beam of heat energy. Basking lamps, therefore, will concentrate their heat energy into a narrow band and reptiles will sit underneath this beam to absorb heat.

Infrared Heat Lamps - A heat bulb enables you as a reptile keeper to focus more heat into your enclosure and minimizes night-time glare. A heat lamp is an excellent 24 hour heat source for all types of reptiles. When you switch on the heat lamp there is no visible light provided so this does not disturb any of your reptile's sleeping patterns.

The best way to regulate the temperature within your reptiles housing is by using a thermostat. The thermostat will self regulate the temperature in the housing so that it remains constant and to the correct temperature you have set.

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