I'm almost done setting up my Argentine boa cage. I've got the Kane heat mat up and running, but I'm thinking it's running too hot. I put a temperature probe right on the middle, and set a small item on top, trying to simulate a snake's body sitting on the mat, gathering hte heat.

I've got the rheostat turned down to minimum, and the thermometer says
113 F. What gives?

I'm going to put another thermometer on the same spot. The mat doesn't feel that hot to the touch, maybe it's just a faulty probe.

But, if it IS that hot, is that too hot for a boa? The cold side is sitting at just over 80. I was originally thinking of putting a small heat bulb on one end of the mat to make it a but warmer during the day (three levels of heat), but I'm afraid I'll fry the cage!

Gonna go set up the second thermometer.
Jennifer
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Okay, the second thermometer agrees. Putting the probe under an object, the temp on the hot side is 111 F. Just sitting on the mat, it's 105 F. The cool side is 82 F.
I don't have much snake experience. While it looks like my tegus would love this cage, would a boa?
TIA
Jennifer
I'd say not too hot, but too dry. Even if in the cage there's a humidity of about 60%, just above the mat where the snake coils up there'll be only 30%. This doesn't create necessarily trouble. (I admit that Boa had a heating pad too) I'd say until your snake doesn't make a bad shed and has a big water dish at disposition, everything's fine.
Anna
I'd say not too hot, but too dry. Even if in the cage there's a humidity of about 60%, just ... say until your snake doesn't make a bad shed and has a big water dish at disposition, everything's fine. Anna

I put newspaper down over the mat and it lowered the temp 5 degrees F. I think it'll be okay, I'll just put some extra cage furniture so she can have plenty of places to get away from it.
If I put the snake in and she acts doen't like it or sheds badly, I'll probably have to switch to basking bulbs.
Jennifer
I'd say not too hot, but too dry. Even if ... has a big water dish at disposition, everything's fine. Anna

I put newspaper down over the mat and it lowered the temp 5 degrees F. I think it'll be okay, ... snake in and she acts doen't like it or sheds badly, I'll probably have to switch to basking bulbs. Jennifer

Can't you put a rheostat on it?
Cindy
I put newspaper down over the mat and it lowered ... badly, I'll probably have to switch to basking bulbs. Jennifer

Can't you put a rheostat on it? Cindy

It had a rheostat on it. It came with the Kane heat mat, and cost me about $20. I switched it out and the $10 lamp dimmer is doing a much better job. I've dropped the temp to 90 on the mat, and the cool end is about 80. I'm now working on heating one end of the cage, just a tiny bit more, with a bulb. So that I can drop it a little bit cooler at night. Maybe make a gradient of 95-90-80. Well, actually, I need to check the temps in the early morning and see if the room's cooling drops it any. It might go as low as 78 at night on the cool end.

Jennifer
It had a rheostat on it. It came with the Kane heat mat, and cost me about $20. I switched ... the room's cooling drops it any. It might go as low as 78 at night on the cool end. Jennifer

Well, good! You'd think Kane would sell better rheostats for their so-expensive mats. Maybe it's just a bad one. Glad you worked it out. )
Cindy
It had a rheostat on it. It came with the ... low as 78 at night on the cool end. Jennifer

Well, good! You'd think Kane would sell better rheostats for their so-expensive mats. Maybe it's just a bad one. Glad you worked it out. Emotion: smile Cindy

I haven't seen a heat mat that CAME with a rheostat, at all... the one on my pig blanket was home-made. I use the cheapo lamp dimmers too, on my regular under tank heaters.
fr0glet
I haven't seen a heat mat that CAME with a rheostat, at all... the one on my pig blanket was home-made. I use the cheapo lamp dimmers too, on my regular under tank heaters. fr0glet

It was an optional rheostat. I bought the Kane mat from the Bean Farm, and paid the extra. Ah, found it on the site: "Leviton Commercial Trimatron Dimmer". I don't know if mine is defective, I'll have to mention it to Paula.
I'll have to dig up the info on the Kane mat. (A quick pawing though the junk on my desk didn't turn up the instruction sheet, although I did find the new license tabs for my van that I received last month..) I'm pretty confident that 300 watts is enough to cover the power for the Kane.
BTW, I've got the cage at 84-88 now. :-) I still need to add the hides, light bulb cages and big water dish, but Richard is back in town! Yay! I'll get my snake this week! :-D
Jennifer
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