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    Enclosure heat

    What do ya'll recommend for an enclosure heat source. What ambient air temperature do you recommend. Does this vary between the different varieties of garter?

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    Re: Enclosure heat

    My hot spots are between 80-85 degrees. Then they have cool hide. Winter room temps are 70 during the day and 62 at night.
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    Re: Enclosure heat

    Steve; just to clarify, are the winter temps because you're cooling them down slightly for the winter?

    EKS, just get a thermostat for the heat pad and use that. I don't think anyone is going to recommend using a heat pad w/o a thermostat. They just get too hot.

    As for differences between species, I don't think there are any real notable differences in the North American species. I believe some species, like blacknecks, may be a bit more sensitive to changes in heat/humidity but that's just my personal opinion, no real evidence to back that up.
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    Re: Enclosure heat

    Quote Originally Posted by d_virginiana View Post
    Steve; just to clarify, are the winter temps because you're cooling them down slightly for the winter?

    EKS, just get a thermostat for the heat pad and use that. I don't think anyone is going to recommend using a heat pad w/o a thermostat. They just get too hot.

    As for differences between species, I don't think there are any real notable differences in the North American species. I believe some species, like blacknecks, may be a bit more sensitive to changes in heat/humidity but that's just my personal opinion, no real evidence to back that up.


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    Re: Enclosure heat

    Two thermostats in the mail.
    I thought the snakes were supposed to regulate their heat by moving from the warm area to the cooler area.
    I might add we had an Eastern for 10 years with no external heat and he did fairly well.

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    Re: Enclosure heat

    He also survived being fed rosy minnows and red wigglers over corn cob bedding. Doesn't mean it's the right way to do it.

    They will move away from a heat source but when burrowing would get them somewhere cooler in nature they don't understand why that doesn't work in captivity.
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    Re: Enclosure heat

    We never fed him red wigglers.

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    No, because he wouldn't take them. He wouldn't take the rosy minnows well either. We tried when we first got him. I remember them secreting that yellow stuff.
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    Re: Enclosure heat

    I know someone that had an Eastern for 14 years in a ten gallon tank and only a florescent bulb. Just kept at room temperatures. I'm not saying this is good, but the snake was healthy up til near the end. I have a small under tank heater at one end of my 29 gal. enclosure plus a day time heating light for the plants.

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