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    New to snakes.. need help

    Hi I'm a new bp owner. My 4 yr old daughter was able to pick our new pet and she wanted a snake. My snake is only about 85g. It has fed for me twice and tomorrow is feeding day. I'm feeding it a mouse hopper weekly and so far so good.

    I've been doing pretty good keeping temps and humidity where it should be in my glass tank. I have two heating pads one on each side under each hide. Both on thermostats. One is set to 87f and the other is set to 79f. I also have a day night light on the hot side. It is set to a 12 hr. timers. I have a digital thermometer. It says 77.5f ambient, 87.6f and 64% humidity. I've noticed both fluctuating but I just plugged the heating pads in a couple hrs ago.

    So I'm wondering if I'm doing the feeding right or if I need to change anything and if I'm heating correctly.

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    Re: New to snakes.. need help

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    Your temperature is ok. Humidity also ok. It can drop to 60%. When shedding increase it to 70%-75%

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    Welcome to the forum!!! You've come to a great community and a great place to learn!

    As you can see in the chart posted above a hopper is to small. Hoppers are fed to hatchlings straight out of the egg, for only the first 3-5 meals. A snake at 85 grams should be on small adult mice or switched to rat fuzzies.

    Also, ambient temps are a bit on the low end. Your heat mats are there solely to provide a hot spot and should not be used to control ambient temps. So in order to maintain proper temps you may need a stronger bulb or a CHE.

    How and where are you getting your temp measurements? You should be getting the surface temps on the glass directly above the heat mats to accomplish a proper hot spot and adjusting the mats accordingly. Your digital thermometer is there to read your ambient temps.
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    Re: New to snakes.. need help

    My digital thermometer probe is right next to the probe for the heating pad thermostat. Both under the hot side hide. Then I have the actual temp gage on the other side of the tank for the ambient temp. When I woke up this morning my thermoter for the hot side said 100 but the thermostat says 87. I immediately pulled my snake out and trying to figure out what's going on. I'll try to figure out how to attach pictures

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    I now have my snake out. He looks fine, acting normal. And temp has dropped back down to where it's supposed to be. I noticed the thermostat probe had moved. I don't know if that made a difference. Is there any way to stick them to the glass?

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    Re: New to snakes.. need help

    Quote Originally Posted by Amanda1987 View Post
    My digital thermometer probe is right next to the probe for the heating pad thermostat. Both under the hot side hide.
    the thermostat probe should NOT be inside the enclosure. it can be moved, urinated/defecated on, come in contact with water, which can cause an inaccurate reading, resulting in a heat spike or drop. the thermostat probe should be sandwiched between the outside bottom of the enclosure and the UTH where it has very little chance of moving or having any variables which can fluctuate the temperature.

    if you have a UTH that is adhesive, you can use aluminum tape to adhere the thermostat probe to the underside of the UTH, or veeerrry carefully pull down a corner of the UTH and slip the probe inside. be VERY careful pulling up the UTH as they are NOT meant to be removed and you can easily damage the internals.

    Last edited by tttaylorrr; 09-13-2017 at 11:49 AM.
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    Re: New to snakes.. need help

    forgot to mention: do not tape over the probe head itself if you're attaching it to the underside of the UTH, rather you tape over the insulated wire.
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    Re: New to snakes.. need help

    Should I move the indoor out door probe I have on the hot side as well? The cord isn't long enough to go from inside the tank on the cool side to the outside of the tank to the hot side. I haven't had a problem with it moving. I had the cord buried from the cool side where the gage is to the other side of the tank words the hot side

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    Re: New to snakes.. need help

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    I just can't help but love this diagram every time I see it. Thanks tttaylorrr for sharing and thanks PitOnTheProwl for the original
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