Heat Mats any good?

shana hawkes

New Member
Joined
Oct 10, 2014
Messages
9
Location (City and/or State)
England
Hi all, i'm buying a viv, its second hand but is a very good deal. Comes with all lighting and its approximately 4ft. This will be my first tortoise, so i'm wondering if heat mats are ok? it comes with the viv. Or shall i buy a heat bulb instead? Im getting a baby Russian. Thanks.
 

wellington

Well-Known Member
Moderator
10 Year Member!
Tortoise Club
Joined
Sep 6, 2011
Messages
44,220
Location (City and/or State)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Ditto, not the kind of mat that would fit in a viv. Do not buy the cheap coil type bulbs either, they can and have caused eye damage.
 

ZEROPILOT

REDFOOT WRANGLER
Moderator
Tortoise Club
5 Year Member
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jul 16, 2014
Messages
26,810
Location (City and/or State)
South Eastern Florida (U.S.A.)/Rock Hill S.C.
I've got a 15 watt "heat rope" taped to the bottom of my vivarium on the outside of the glass. Inside I have a layer of moist orchid bark covered by a layer of dry potting soil. I find that the heat at the bottom makes the moisture come up through the soil, like in nature, but allowing the soil to remain dry. (And being only 15 watts, it can NOT burn anything/one. It simply doesn't get really hot.) It's a closed system with an inside 5.0 UVB tube and temperatures stay around 77-84 with over 80-90% humidity. Perfect for a baby redfoot. I'm not sure what species you're keeping.
 

Tom

The Dog Trainer
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 9, 2010
Messages
59,269
Location (City and/or State)
Southern California
Pig blankets work well for large species in sheds or outdoor boxes, but outside of that I would not use any sort of heat mat.
 

Alaskamike

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 2, 2014
Messages
1,742
Location (City and/or State)
South Florida
I use a heating pad ( meant for people ) under the substrata in my leopard night box for babies. It has 3 settings low, medium & high. On the medium setting it keeps my enclosed humid box at 85-88f It's not too hot to lay directly on your skin and provides a constant even temp. These are expensive compared to a reptile heat pad - but the ones sold in pet stores are junk to me.

My night box has too low a lid for a ceramic heat bulb. So this works great for my < yo leopards.

Unless you have a closed chamber , heat bulbs can have a desiccating effect. When tort lays right under it they dry the shell out unless you have high humidity , and even then it can
IMO
 

G-stars

Well-Known Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Jul 11, 2014
Messages
1,856
Location (City and/or State)
Southern California
I've read that if you have your ambient temps higher they will spend less time under the heat lamp. Therefore spend more time where it's more humid. I've noticed this with mine ever since I raised my temps in my closed enclosure.


— Gus
 

Yourlocalpoet

Active Member
5 Year Member
Joined
Jun 5, 2010
Messages
526
Location (City and/or State)
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
I used various heat pads/mats underneath tanks, and tables on a thermostat for about for 7 years with my tortoise with no apparent issues. I have one now but don't use it very often as it isn't needed. Thick layers of substrate, the right size mat compared to the enclosure size and temp monitoring worked for me.


Sent from my iPhone using Tortoise Forum
 

Tom

The Dog Trainer
10 Year Member!
Platinum Tortoise Club
Joined
Jan 9, 2010
Messages
59,269
Location (City and/or State)
Southern California
I've read that if you have your ambient temps higher they will spend less time under the heat lamp. Therefore spend more time where it's more humid. I've noticed this with mine ever since I raised my temps in my closed enclosure.


— Gus

Ditto!
 

Turtulas-Len

Well-Known Member
10 Year Member!
Joined
Aug 3, 2010
Messages
4,699
Location (City and/or State)
Southern Md - Northern Neck Va
Using heating mats (not always under the substrate or on the floor) I have achived the temps needed to eliminate the use of basking lights on all day, or not at all, and any other hot heat from above. The youngest tortoises I have are two sulcatas that are almost 2 1/2 years old and they live outside with their houses heated this way. I use mats and heated tiles more than hot lights and CHEs today. Air circulation along with a slight air exchange is important for it to work properly in a smaller indoor closed chamber type set up.
 

New Posts

Top