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Leopard Gecko Heating Elements

Leopard Gecko Heating Element Information



Under Tank Heater - UTH
Under Tank Heater - UTH

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Under Tank Heater - UTH

There are several methods for heating a leopard gecko enclosure. The most popular method is with the use of an under tank heater. (UTH) Under tank heaters physically adhere to the bottom of glass enclosures and generate a belly heat once plugged in. There are numerous under tank heaters available on the market. They come in a variety of sizes that are labeled for use with specific sized enclosures. ALL under tank heaters should be controlled with a thermostat, dimmer, rheostat, or other device that controls the amount of heat the unit is emitting. Failure to properly monitor and control the temperatures could result in burning, your enclosure cracking, and they can even become a fire hazard. Take caution to use the under tank heater exactly as instructed.

Heat Tape - Heat Cable
Flexwatt Heat Tape

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Heat Tape - Heat Cable

Another popular method for heating leopard geckos, particularly by those using rack systems or custom enclosures is with the use of heat tape or heat cable. These items typically require that the owner assembles them and then installs them for use. Like the under tank heaters, this type of heating produces a belly heat. These heating elements must also be controlled with a thermostat, dimmer, rheostat, or other device that controls the amount of heat the unit is emitting. Failure to properly control these units and the heat they emit can cause serious damage to the leopard gecko, the enclosure, and they could even start a fire. Heating devices are not toys and should be taken very seriously.

Wiring Heat Tape
Wiring Heat Tape To Dimmer Switch

Colored Incandescent Bulbs
Exo-Terra Heat Glo

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Colored Incandescent Bulbs

Certain substrates do not allow for the use of devices that heat from below. These enclosures require that the heat be provided from above. There are many different methods for providing heat from above. One of the more popular methods is with the use of the red or dark blue incandescent bulbs found online and at pet stores. These bulbs are geared toward nocturnal viewing, but they can also be used as a full time heating element. They come in different wattages, so you may have to experiment with the lights to determine which of them you require to sustain adequate temperatures in your enclosure. This method of heating is ok for those that like to watch their leopard gecko in the evening. The dim light emitted does not bother the leopard gecko according to most, so they will become active once the additional lighting has been turned off. Like all heating elements, the temperatures need to be monitored and controlled.

Ceramic Heat Emitter - CHE
Ceramic Heat Emitter - CHE

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Ceramic Heat Emitter - CHE

Another popular overhead heating device is the ceramic heat emitter. Like the incandescent bulbs described, these units come in varying wattages. They are extreme heat producers, so starting with a low watt unit is the best method for determining which wattage you will require. If a low watt unit isn't sufficient, simply return the unit and try the next wattage up. There is no way to determine what wattage you will require based on enclosure size as the rooms temperature will impact the enclosures temperature. The units get extremely hot and the temperatures within the enclosure need to be monitored closely. These units should also be controlled with a thermostat, dimmer, rheostat, or other device that controls the amount of heat the unit is emitting.

Helix Radiant Heat Panels
Helix Radiant Heat Panels

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Radiant Heat Panels

These panels are designed to be mounted above the animal, in the ceiling of the enclosure. The Radiant Heat Panels have a limited surface temperature that will never burn you or your animal (even at full power), and are easy to connect through cage walls featuring a detachable cord. These panels should be connected to a proportional thermostat, making them pretty expensive but they come with a lifetime warranty on the heating element and are worth the investment for larger enclosures. They come in a variety of sizes.

Heat Rocks - Snipped Cord
Heat Rock - No Cord

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Heat Rocks

Heat rocks make beautiful enclosure decorations. To use a heat rock correctly, you should first cut the cord off so the unit can never be plugged in. This will ensure that the unit works as it should, instead of how it was designed. Some of you probably believe I am extremely confused right now, however, it is you that is confused if that doesn't make any sense. To learn why I believe heat rocks should have the cord removed, please read the following article: Heat Rocks - Hidden Dangers

There are many other methods for heating a leopard gecko enclosure, but those listed above are the most commonly used methods.

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Author: Richard Brooks