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As reptiles are cold blooded, it's important to give them the heat that they need to live and be happy. It shouldn't be underestimated - a vivarium heater, of any type, is crucial to your reptile's survival.
There's a number of options when it comes to heating your vivarium. The options each have their advantages and disadvantages so it's up to you. If you aren't sure, just ask your vet or a member of staff in a pet shop which they would recommend the most.
The most common choices to heat a vivarium are:
- Light bulbs or lamps
- Hot rocks
- Heat mats
Here's a little more detail on each.
Vivarium light bulbs (lamps)
This is generally a popular choice for vivarium heating. Depending on the lamp you choose, they tend to give off normal white light, red light or blue light - each simulating different 'surroundings'. When you are shopping around, be sure to find out which is going to be the most suitable.
Different vivarium lamps have a different rating, normally denoted by it's UVB power. This is to use as a measure of how much light, and heat, the lamp will give off. Ask a member of staff in the pet shop if you aren't sure.
TIP! It's important that you regulate the temperature inside your vivarium and ensure that your reptile can't touch the bulb accidentally.
These do exactly as their name suggests! They are artificial rocks or stones that give off heat. They can really add a nice touch to your vivariums natural appearance too.
Your reptile should enjoy climbing onto the lovely warm rock and lounging around to their heart's content, just as they would in their natural habitat.
A heated mat can be used to keep your vivarium at the right temperature. They are a thin mat, with an electrical supply that keeps them warm. They can be placed underneath your vivarium which will help heat it - particularly the floor. Generally a heat mat should only be laid under a proportion of the vivarium - around 30-40% of it.
Depending on your reptile, they shouldn't necessarily be used as a primary source of heat so they should be used in conjunction with another supply like a lamp.
Heating your reptile's enclosure is crucial to their survival. Vivarium heaters are a available in different shapes, sizes and sorts. Always ensure you regulate the temperature too - it needs to be at the right level.