heat mat queation

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So I'm going to keep my sulcatas night box at 80 degrees. I'll be using a heat mat and a radiant heat panel. My question is what do you guys set your heat mat to? Since the air inside the box will differ from the mat. Thanks
 

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Put them both on the same thermometer, set that too the temp you want and turn the heating devices on.
 

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In the winter when we have cooler days and they can't warm up as much, I set my thermostats at 80-85. In the summer I set them at 70ish for older tortoises and 75ish for juveniles.

I hang my thermostat probe a couple of inches from the wall about in the middle of the box, not near the heat sources. So when the air temp in the box gets to my thermostat setting, the heat kicks off. This is why its important for them to be able to get off the heat when they want to, but still be in the warm box.
 

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Oops, sorry, I seen I poster thermometer. I did mean thermostat. Thermometer, would not really turn them on or off:D
 

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i have pig blanket on floor in day time i turn it all the way down on reostat an all the up at night. and have oil filled heater on thermostat set at 86 all day and night. I'm in nj an this winter has been fridged.
 

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i have pig blanket on floor in day time i turn it all the way down on reostat an all the up at night. and have oil filled heater on thermostat set at 86 all day and night. I'm in nj an this winter has been fridged.
I live in PA and find that my basement is a bit too cold for our tortoise. Have you noticed the oil filled heater has increased your electric bill? Asking since I would need to run it day/night as well. I am also curious where you purchased your pig blanket.
 

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I live in PA and find that my basement is a bit too cold for our tortoise. Have you noticed the oil filled heater has increased your electric bill? Asking since I would need to run it day/night as well. I am also curious where you purchased your pig blanket.
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Radiant oil heaters use 700 watts on low or 1500 watts on high. That will definitely be noticeable on the electric bill.

You can get Kane mats from Tortoisesupply.com.
 

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Radiant oil heaters use 700 watts on low or 1500 watts on high. That will definitely be noticeable on the electric bill.

You can get Kane mats from Tortoisesupply.com.
Thank you. I will check out the Kane mats.
 

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