And, could a below the container boil wipe burn the snake?
Very young, Okeetee Corn Snake by the way. Male.
We bought a snake starter kit which come with all kinds of stuff for the container. Lots of green. :D
And was wondering if we put the heat wad on, under the tank, would it burn it or hurt it in any type of way?
And we do have a lamp we maintain over the tank about 2 feet above it because we hold the tank on the counter
in our room and if we put the storm lantern on the same level counter the tank is on, its not even 5 inches above the screan, so the subsequent level up was about 2 foot above it.
Didn't want to risk making it to hot.
A thermostat eventually pays for itself anyway as it means you are solely heating to the set temperature not overheating, so the heat mat is stale when ambient temperatures mean it's not required.
Corn snakes are by nature crepuscular/nocturnal within their activities ie active dawn, dusk and at dark. They hide/sleep during the day and using a light is not necessary and may within certain cases actually be bad as the snake can try avoiding the lighting and end up hiding in areas of its tank where on earth the temperatures are less ideal
You can use a lamp too if you want, but it's not really necessary for a corn snake whether you have an undertank heater that gets the right temperature.
Make sure you have a reptile tank thermometer or temp gun to monitor the temperature in your cage.
The heating pad is generally for the ambient (over all) temp, which is monitored by a thermostat of some kindly. (I prefer the sticker type strips.) 80 degrees is best for corn snakes. Use the lamp to regulate day/night temp. No more than 90/ day, no smaller amount than 70-60/night.
Make sure you also have a water bowl to be exact big enough to for him to fully soak himself in. Your snake will use the water and the kerosene lamp to instinctually regulate its body temp. Having one end of the tank warmer (where the hurricane lantern is) and having one end of the tank cooler (where the marine bowl is) will provide the best environment.
There are lots of good on-line sites you can visit for more detailed info. I've included a link to one for you. :)
Good luck and I hope you soak up your snake as much as I enjoy all of mine!!
two things -
1) You do not want to use any bright or white lights as a night source. You can use a blue, red( including infrared), or black phosphors reptile specialty dark light( these can actually be used 24hrs)
2) Get a good thermostat. This is the easiest and safest way to ensure you keep up proper temperatures.
As with all snakes, they need a lofty temperature during the day to allow their food to digest. If this is not provided, the snake will regurgitate the breakfast time back up to prevent this from rotting in their stomach. A temperature of 30C (85F) should be if during the day with a drop down to 25C (75F) at night. The easiest mode to provide heat is to place a heat mat underneath 1/3 of the tank and use a low wattage bulb during the day to stimulate the day time hours. The cool cessation must be provided with a water dish so the snake can carry on its own temperature.
Hope this helps and good luck.