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Old 03-10-2014, 08:23 AM   #21
 
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What does it stay at with just the lamp?
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:42 PM   #22
 
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I had to take the lamp back to afford the thermostat. When I had the thermometer on top of aspen with light it was 117, but under it was less (forgot what). Heating pad reads 95 on top of aspen and 120 under. The towel lowered the bottom to 95-100. I'm turning it off and on to try to keep it a good temp.
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:52 PM   #23
 
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Is there any way you can raise the tank above the mat? Books maybe?
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:11 PM   #24
 
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It came with plastic footies but she said not to use those because they can make the tank crack
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Old 03-11-2014, 11:25 PM   #25
 
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I took a chance and used the footies. The pad is uncovered now and the temp is about 99. Should I worry about the heat pad laying without anything between it and the table?
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:54 AM   #26
 
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It's not as big of a risk as it laying on a towel. I have my heat pads on our wood floors.
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Old 03-12-2014, 04:52 AM   #27
 
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Okay. That makes me feel better. Do you think the little footies pose any risk to the tank? I exchanged the 10gal kit for a 20gal tank with hood. It was a good deal and I didn't need all the extras anyway.

By the way, I tried to avoid holding him like you said and he became VERY stressed when I kept refusing to hold him. He became pale and a bit jumpy. Very on edge. I decided to take him out to hold for a few minutes on Sunday. There was an IMMEDIATE positive change in his demeanor. He smelled of my finger and came right to me. I laid him on my stomach for about 15-20 minutes. He would come towards my face when I talked to him. At other times he would go under my upturned shirttail with just his head sticking out watching me and flicking his tongue. He really likes to have his back gently touched and his chin scratched (go figure). I've been handling him every other day for short periods of time and his aditude has improved. I thought the way he was acting was may because he was going to shed (he didn't). I know I am now breaking like 50 rules on proper snake care by now, but it seems that this little guy just doesn't want to behave like a typical snake!
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:49 AM   #28
 
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They won't break your tank. It's not like it's full of water (aka weight) and you're not supporting the frame.
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:23 AM   #29
 
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God those people gave us so much bad advice -_-
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Old 03-12-2014, 07:05 AM   #30
 
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If you put some bricks in, I'd be a little concerned in like, a year, lol.
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