Most, if not all pet snakes will need some source of heat like a snake heating pad. Snakes are reptiles, meaning they are cold blooded.
Cold blooded animals don’t produce their own heat like mammals do. Consequently, they need heat from other sources. When it comes to snakes, under tank snake heating pads will suffice for most species.
Since pet snakes are in captivity, you’ll need to do some research on what your species of snake needs when it comes to heat.
In most cases, you will find what you’re looking for in this in depth review of snake heating pad options.
That said, it’s still important to research the best heat source for the snake you own. This is because some species require very special heating for their habitat.
On top of that, some species need a daily light cycle and would be better off with a lamp as a heat source.
Below, we will cover everything you need to know about heating your snakes terrarium with a heating pad. Plus, we will cover our most recommended heating pads. Lastly, you’ll learn about several best practices when it comes to providing a heat source for your pet snake.
**Note that it is highly recommended you buy a thermostat, temperature gauge, and/or controller with any heat source. That will ensure your reptiles safety and prevent overheating**
Best Snake Heating Pad Options
Terrarium Heat Source Best Practices
When it comes to heating your pet snakes terrarium, you’ll need to do some research on the what temperature your species of snake prefers.
You can find these temperatures for specific species in our list of Snake Care Guides.
Most common, beginner pet snakes will be able to use a heating pad. Before buying a heating pad, you should make sure your snake doesn’t require any type of light cycle.
Here’s a list of other aspects to consider when heating your reptiles terrarium:
- Most species like an Ambient and Basking space in their terrarium. That means you’ll need to heat one side of the terrarium and keep the other slightly cooler
- Make sure the terrarium doesn’t get too hot or too cold. You can prevent over/under heating by purchasing a simple thermostat for snake cages
- Avoid direct heat to your snake. Make sure the heating pad is buffered between something like a turf mat to prevent overheating or burning.
Other FAQs when it comes to heating your snake’s terrarium
Is it OK to use a heated rock for a heat source?
NO! Avoid heated rock or any other heat source that your pet snake could directly touch.
Heat sources like this tend to get way hotter, and can potentially burn or harm your pet snake.
All heat sources to your snake or reptiles enclosure should have some kind of buffer
Does my snake need a heat lamp or light source?
Most common pet snakes like Corn Snakes and California Kings do not need a full spectrum lighting to create calcium.
That said, there are some species like Hognose Snakes DO need full spectrum lighting. Thus, extra precautions should be taken when purchasing a pet snake.
You need to make sure you’re providing the right type of heat and light if necessary. A lot of snakes are hardy, but some do need some extra TLC and are high maintenance.
Should I turn off my snake’s heating pad at night?
This depends, too.
Most heating pads should be turned off periodically. Additionally, some species don’t require 24/7 heat sources, so you can turn them off at night.
In general, it’s good to unplug the heating pad once a day to ensure it gets a chance to cool down.
This will also prevent overheating. Unplugging it for an hour a day should ensure that your heating pad is in good shape.
Do snake heating pads affect humidity?
No, typically not. Light sources typically dry out a snake’s terrarium. In which case you’ll have to explore adding an additional humidity source to your terrarium.
Since snake heating pads don’t emit light, you don’t have to worry about your snake’s cage becoming too arid.
With all this in mind, it’s important to make sure your snake enclosure has the proper humidity level.
Just like with heat, different species prefer different levels of humidity. This factor has a lot of variables, particularly with where you live. If you live in Arizona, you’ll probably have to explore humidifier options for your snake. On the other hand, if you live in Florida or Virginia, you won’t have to worry so much.