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    Default Product Review: Zoo-Med Habitat Heater

    I recently purchased one of these at a local reptile show, for about $80. I have seen them cheaper elsewhere (reptilesupply.com for $50 i think). But after a little over a week and a half of using it I highly recommend it to be used for heating large cages. It measures at 18inx18in. And has a built in theremostat that has an automatic shut off at 119F. Zilla loves it and spends alot...ALOT of time under his new humidity hide that i made him. That is why i particularlly like this is because it is sturdy and water resistant...so i was finally able to make him a warm spot for nites and a humid spot so he can start giving me some good sheds. (i have had some shedding trouble with him in the past.) within a few days of being in the new hide he started to have a nice, even shed.

    So this product gets a thumbs up from me.


    I hope this helps anyone thinking about this product.
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    Is this the same as an UTH? Do you put it right in the humid hide or under it? What is the bottom of your hide made out of? I have rather large hides in the tegu tank and at night it gets cool but I hate to run a CHE because I don't think he would get much of the heat down in his hide.
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    it's more like a heat mat (companies have been making them for years, but for out-door dogs/dog house for cold winters)

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    Thank you all for the infos. Can you please post some photos of the enclosure and the hide box ? Thank you.
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    It sounds real good, but I have some questions after reading the instructions:

    http://zoomed.com/Library/ProductDBF...at_Instrct.pdf

    Good news is they specify tegus among their target audience. Bad news:

    Avoid high humidity environments :-(
    Do not cover with "ANYTHING," including substrate
    Moisture resistant but not moisture proof.

    For me, that kind of limits putting it in a hide. What if the lizard decides to bury it? or tip over his water dish?

    I'll be interested in how it works for you in the long term, Pikey. And I hope Zoo-Med revisits the design to address some of the obvious tegu issues.

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    or pees on it?
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    I've had one in my enclosure as soon as it came into the shop. We've had customers use them outside for their rabbits, so I figured why not inside the Tegu enclosure. It's mounted inside, underneath about 2 layers of substrate and even when they dig down the hottest I've ever recorded the surface temperature at (with my tempgun) is 91 degrees. It's heavy duty so no matter how much digging they do against it I've never had an issue. Definitely well worth the investment. It's really rubber coated, so if they pee on it, I just wipe it off. It's been in there for four months already, not a single problem. Definitely another thumbs up from me!
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    Sorry, I didnt realize anyone posted on this thread! Well I put coconut bedding on top...and mulch, and I have been doing that since january with no adverse effects, or malfunctions. His water dish is too far away for him to tip it over and the water couldnt reach the pad. The other day it was cooler to the touch then it normally is...wich being the idiot i am scared me. lol, however i realized with spring being here the whole room is warmer and the pad shuts off when the area above it reaches 119.
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    These appear to be the exact same thing as the Kane heat mats

    http://www.kanemfg.com/

    and although I haven't used them in substrate, I have used them on the basking platforms of my gators and caimen. When those big boys are hopping in and out of the water, a LOT of "moisture" goes with them (that, and they have a tendency to pee on the mats while basking) and so far I haven't had an issue with them. I think the warnings are more for litigation mitigation, they probably have to meet certain minimum design specs in order to be sold for pets.

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    That's good to know. I need something to add heat to my Burm in the winter. He pees a lot though.
    Laura R (FL)
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    7 other lizards
    1 little gator
    3 FL box turtle
    1 Sulcata tortoise
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    5 fuzzy pets
    4 little frogs
    a bunch of creepy bugs
    and a partridge in a pear tree

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