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Q: i bought a snake and the person who sold it said it needed a heat lamp is this true
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karla hayabusa

Is it true a royal python needs a heat lamp when it gets older?

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Member Comment 3/16/2017 7:54:55 PM


Under tank heaters are way more preferable and hooked up to a thermostat to regulate the temp. The warm side of the enclosure should be between 89 - 92 F and the cool side should be 77 - 80 F.

Member Comment 3/16/2017 7:55:54 PM


Heat lamps will dry out the enclosure and lead to shedding problems.

Member Comment 3/16/2017 8:55:21 PM

Sonja K. Reptiles

What type of enclosure is it gonna be housed in?

Member Comment 3/31/2017 5:47:31 PM


The age of the snake has nothing to do with its temperature requirements; both hatchling and adult ball pythons need a hot spot of 88-92F and a cool side of 77-80F for proper digestion. Depending on your local climate (humid? dry? cold? hot?) and your enclosure (aquarium? rack system? custom-built?) a heat lamp may be appropriate. No matter what heat source you use, the best way to maintain proper temperatures is with a good thermostat. Best of luck!

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