He's already clearly got one scale missing on the bottom part closer to his head. I suspect this is a burn but wanted you guys to look at it as well. I feel sick about it
Def can be a burn...100 watts is pretty high. Some members even use 25w bulbs.His temps sit around 90 degrees, the wattage of the light is 100 watts. I was having some difficulty getting the temps high enough because I moved and I am now living in the bottom level of a split-level home and it's much cooler down here.
As for how close he is to it, the top of his casque is about 2" from the screen and at most 4" from the bulb itself. Too close, I know, but I can't seem to get the temperature high enough down here otherwise. I don't ever see him sitting up trying to get right against the light, but of course, I don't know what he does when I'm not home.
It helps, the problem is when I was using a 75 watt bulb, he was clearly too cold and was not eating and was constantly dark, trying to absorb more heat. I increased his bulb wattage and suddenly he was active, eating, and a normal green color again. So how would you deal with that without increasing the wattage? I fear if I have the heat lamp so far away from the screen the temperatures will drop again. I was afraid for his health when he wasn't eating, and afraid he'd develop an RI because my area is so humid and cool.