Reptile keeping is all about creating the perfect environment for your scaled friend; in this environment, temperature is probably the most important factor. The majority of reptiles and amphibians must be kept warm in order to live and behave naturally. Unlike humans and other mammals, they cannot create their own heat and must gain it from an external source.

All heat sources should be fitted to an appropriate thermostat which will ensure the temperature does not drop too low, and also does not get dangerously high. Thermostats come in three main forms.
A ‘mat stat’ is a simple on/off, that turns off when it reaches the required temperature, it should only be used with heat mats and radiators.
A ‘dimming stat’ safely increases and decreases the output of a heat source and is used for all light emitting bulbs, to prevent them from blowing.
A ‘pulse stat’ increases and decreases the temperature in a series of changing pulses, these are for ceramics and radiators.

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