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Old 03-17-2020, 05:46 PM   #1
unbeatablebonz
General Snake Housing Unit Question

Hi,

I just purchased a dozen units that measure 48w x 24d x 18 H. They are prewired with two separate lighting fixtures. The previous owned used them for Beardies. I'm using them for Cribos, Indigos, Carpets, Bloods & different Boa's. Each unit is wired separately allowing me to use separate thermostats.

Thoughts on a few things.

There is both a fixture for a fluorescent bulb and a separate fixture for either a ceramic heat emitter or any various kind of bulb. Is it safe to use these kinds of bulbs or heat sources without some kind of protective cover to prevent the animal from both burning itself or simply breaking the bulb? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Mike
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Old 03-17-2020, 06:07 PM   #2
bcr229
How are they heated?
 
Old 03-17-2020, 06:26 PM   #3
AbsoluteApril
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There is both a fixture for a fluorescent bulb and a separate fixture for either a ceramic heat emitter or any various kind of bulb. Is it safe to use these kinds of bulbs or heat sources without some kind of protective cover to prevent the animal from both burning itself or simply breaking the bulb? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I would highly recommend not using those sources of heat and going with something like an RHP (radiant heat panel) if you can. Snakes will climb and yes they will climb on a hot bulb.

Back in the day when I had an exposed incandescent light in a wood cage for a boa, I bought a wire cage harness that went over the bulb (screwed into the top of the cage and fully surrounded the bulb) so she could not come into direct contact with it. Deff do something like that if you decide to use them for heat.

best of luck! They look like nice cages.
 
Old 03-18-2020, 08:48 PM   #4
unbeatablebonz
Thanks for replying - I ordered VE 80 watt radiant heat panels that I will use instead of the ceramic heat emitter. It should be easy enough to swap out as its wired.
 

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