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New thermostat on the way

Posted by Lauren at 8/4/2020 3:04:11 PM

Just ordered a brand new Herpstat 1 to go with my new 10-slot Animal Plastics rack I assembled. This will be for my now yearling to four year old colubrids of various types. I'm super excited about this new 'stat. It has a built-in auto-off safety feature to prevent fires. I'm likely going to switch all of my aging thermostats over to these newer, safer models this year.

Best part though is that moving the growing juvies out of their juvie rack means I'll have space to grow out a new batch of baby snakes! 

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George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 8/4/2020 6:17:01 PM  

I had a Herpstat 4 on my BP rack years ago and it was amazing. What heat source will you be using and where will you place the probe?

Lauren ,
Posted At: 8/4/2020 7:27:36 PM  
It’s a 10 slot AP rack with heat tape. I’ll put the probe on a middle shelf.

George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 8/4/2020 7:40:01 PM  

Excellent. You'll love it.

Lauren ,
Posted At: 8/4/2020 8:21:09 PM  

I actually just bought permanent thermometers for all of my aquariums and racks/cages. I noticed that my two racks being maintained with older (mid-2000's) Ranco thermostats have some temp variance during the day. The highest I have seen is low 90's and the lowest is mid-80's. I have the thermostats set to 87. In the past I have always checked temps in the moment by using a temp gun. I'm wondering why I am seeing this variation? I am planning to replace both my Ranco's and my Helix this fall with the new HerpStats. 

Rachel Gratis,
Posted At: 8/11/2020 7:21:29 AM  

I have two Herpstat models and both do an excellent job. I double check temps with multiple heat guns periodically because I am paranoid, and the Herpstats are always holding steady where I set them.


As for the variation on thermometers, air temp actually varies a lot more than surface (heat gun) temps depending upon ambient room temp, drafts, etc. Also, be aware that most air thermometers have a lag (the reading they are showing is earlier in time). Most cheap thermometers don't tell you what that lag is; I just happen to work for a scientific data logging company where we have to print those types of specs. If our more expensive sensors can have response times of 30-45 min, you can bet the cheaper household ones do too.

Lauren ,
Posted At: 8/14/2020 9:26:00 AM  
I asked about it on a FB group and apparently the older model thermostats are on/off so you will see temp variation. I am planning to replace all of those with the HerpStats this year.

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