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Old 23-01-2010, 10:15 PM   #1
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I have a heat mat and i was wondering if there okl to use with torts?? i would put hardboard over the top taped at all sides so could not directly touch the mat??
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Old 23-01-2010, 10:18 PM   #2
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Depends on who's opinion you get. I've never personally found the need to use one. But I would consider using one for sick tortoise to help keep temps up at night.
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Old 23-01-2010, 10:22 PM   #3
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I spoke to Mark Rowlands at Trinity vet when my tort was under the weather - he said that if tort was sick to bury one deep below the substrate and itwould help to keep temps up at night but only a small one so tort could move away from it if needs be.
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Old 23-01-2010, 10:26 PM   #4
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I spoke to Mark Rowlands at Trinity vet when my tort was under the weather - he said that if tort was sick to bury one deep below the substrate and itwould help to keep temps up at night but only a small one so tort could move away from it if needs be.
mines really small, and it's just to heat a compartment i made for him at one side (which is bigger than the mat) for night time. he already has his basking spot
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Old 24-01-2010, 08:15 AM   #5
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If the room temperature doesn't get below 15-16c regularly or down to 12-13c occasionally then you shouldn't need one really (unless as swad and lynn says, illness). I don't know for sure by my thoughts are that being too warm at night may increase dehydration. it gets quite cool at night in the wild for a Hermanns
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Old 24-01-2010, 11:13 AM   #6
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would consider putting one in a hide, fixed to the side or something so the tort doesn't actually touch it...that seems to be the main concern with them, that the tort could burn itself if it came into contact with it. They have their uses.
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Old 24-01-2010, 10:45 PM   #7
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I personally dont think Heat mats are a must! From what ive read on them, only the shop that sells them benefit! From what others here have said yeah if little one is poorly or if you have a really cold room. but thats my opinion , I guess we all have our own thoughts.
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Old 24-01-2010, 10:57 PM   #8
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The thing I've found with heat mats is that they don't radiate heat. If you place your hand on a heat mat you will feel the heat, if you raise your hand above a heat mat you feel no heat. So the only benefit would come if the tortoise was in pretty much direct contact with the mat. I think there are better ways to keep a tortoise warm overnight such as ceramic or tubular heaters which do radiate heat either in a spot or throughout.
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The thing I've found with heat mats is that they don't radiate heat. If you place your hand on a heat mat you will feel the heat, if you raise your hand above a heat mat you feel no heat. So the only benefit would come if the tortoise was in pretty much direct contact with the mat. I think there are better ways to keep a tortoise warm overnight such as ceramic or tubular heaters which do radiate heat either in a spot or throughout.
they heat substrate, i keep corns and they all use heat matt, just takes a few hours for the substrate to reach desired temp, direct contact is a NO NO as they can reach over 100
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Old 24-01-2010, 11:43 PM   #10
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Ahh I see. I've only ever used them secured to the outside of turtle tubs. In both cases they are in direct contact with the thing they are warming (substrate/water (indirectly, the mat heats the tub, the tub heats the water)) and the animal absorbs the heat indirectly. Strikes me that they are not efficient at heating air so securing to the wall or roof of a hide might be an inefficient method.

I suppose there's the possibility of a tortoise digging down to get closer to the heat and therefore coming into direct contact with a mat positioned sub strata?
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