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      I recently got into the hobby and decided to enter it full swing with an adult. Rest assured I have a lifetime long experience with reptiles so I know what I'm getting my self into. Though I've never had terrestrial snakes before and thus never ran into this issue, is it actually safe to use a heat mat on a wooden terrarium? If not, is there a way around it? Or could I just use a slate tile under a basking light and leave that as belly heat? Please leave your opinion to help formulate mine. thanks

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      in order for wood to catch fire it has to reach 572 degrees F your heat pad should never get remotely close to that so I would say it would be fine. now if you are throwing aspen bedding right onto the heat pad I'm not sure exactly because would dust could ignite at a much lower temp. I don't see it causing a problem though but thats just my .02 I may be wrong

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      yeah, I'd say it's safe. I have my blood python on top of my wooden dresser in a tub... never had any problems. plus, melamine is just particle board with an outer layer. people use it to make racks all the time.

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      Default Re: Heat Pad on Wood - Is it safe?

      The concern with heat pads is not setting fire to your enclosure, but burning your snake. A basking spot should be kept around 90-92. Some heat mats get way hotter than that. You need to regulate the temps. I use Flexwatt attached to a thermostat inside my melamine cage.
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      I was basically assuming that it would be placed on a wooden dresser of some kind with the tank on top of it but yeah when a heat pad can get up to 120 or so the risk of burning your snake from direct contact is always there

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      they should not catch on fire but i would stay away from the sticky back ones they have a cable like heating element inside and when they fail they can get extremely hot. they work the same way as a heating pad or blanket. witch i have had both of these fail and the heat mat burned my house down because is was on a combustible material. there are mats that are a flat heating element that dont really bend witch decreases the chance of failure. but the bottom line is if is says not to place on wood they made the warning because it is not safe. the risk is small but the consequences are serious. if it goes not only will it kill your snake but will take you house with it

     

     

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