Night time heat lamp?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Curly_Cham, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. Curly_Cham

    Curly_Cham New Member

    Recently moved to middle Minnesota, this will be my first winter here. Im concerned about my new veiled, Zhuri, getting too cold at night when the temperature drops.

    I have the day heat bulb and uvb bulb, id read that its not usually necessary for a heat lamp at night. I try to keep the house temp set around the 70 degree mark, but as this will be my first northern winter I'm not sure how cold it will actually get inside.

    1. How much of a temperature drop is ok at night for young chams?
    2. Should the heat lamp stay on all night or be on a schedule?
    3. Are there set ups available that could detect too much of a temperature drop so that he can stay safe if it gets too cold unexpectedly?
  2. Scottsquatch

    Scottsquatch Chameleon Enthusiast

    If you want a heat source at night, get one of the porcelain heat emmiters. Chams need darkness at night or they are unable to sleep.
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  3. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    The night temperature can drop down into the low 60's F at night or even lower at times.
    I have the basking light and the UVB on the same schedule...12 hours on 12 hours off.
    I don't know if there is something that could detect the temperature drop and run on if necessary...I have always had a whole room for my reptiles and had an electric fireplace set to come on if it got too cold.
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  4. Curly_Cham

    Curly_Cham New Member

    Thank you for the insight. It's much appreciated! I will be getting a timer for the day lights, but right now I do it manually, I just wasnt sure when or if I'd need a heat source for night.
  5. nightanole

    nightanole Chameleon Enthusiast

    Its a veiled. The dont have a very warm home land, they do get pockets of frost. As long as they have a basking spot, air temps of at least 70 during the peak of the day, and night time temps of 50f or higher, you are fine. Some Florida folk still dont take the panthers/veilds in with night time temps in the mid 40's, but its not for the faint of heart.
  6. Monta

    Monta Established Member

    I use this ceramic bulb if the weather gets chilly at night. It just gives heat no light. Also Stanley makes a small heater that's at Home Depot or Lowes

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