Advice on Coastal Carpet python.

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    jarrodmclean Not so new Member

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    I have been told young Coastal's only need to be in a small tub with the heat source being a heatmat alone. My question is, is this true? And if so, is it the same for Adults?
    If it isnt true, why do they need a heat lamp as well as a heat mat, If both make heat for the coastal?
    Just trying to learn things about them, so easiest answer please :)
     
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    Hatchies and adults are generally housed differently.
    Hatchies, usually in small tubs or 'click-clacks' with a heat mat; and adults in larger terrarium style enclosures with globes as a heat source - though heat mats and cords are considered cheaper to run.
     
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    Why do people change to globes, if you dont mind me asking?
    Would a heat mat for an Adult be just as good? I have just heard of people saying their globes usually blow after 3 months or so, so i thought a mat would easier, but if im wrong ill definitely get a globe, how old would they be when you put them with a globe in a terrarium?
     
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    Why do people change to globes, if you dont mind me asking?
    Would a heat mat for an Adult be just as good? I have just heard of people saying their globes usually blow after 3 months or so, so i thought a mat would easier, but if im wrong ill definitely get a globe, how old would they be when you put them with a globe in a terrarium?
     
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    You are going to need a very large heat mat for a fully grown coastal. Also how are you incorporating this with your substrate.

    Bulb at the top controlled with a thermostat is less messy and gives a good basking spot and heat gradient.

    As for bulb life, in almost two years I have not replaced either of my ceramic heat bulbs. Using a dimmer type thermostat probably has something to do with that.

    Cheers.
     
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    Adult carpets like to climb, so a heat mat is not as effective as a heat source.
     
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    globes provide ambient temps and heat gradients as well as a basking spot - heat mats and cords do not.
     
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    I am new to the hobby and recently acquired a Coastal Carpet Python as my first snake. It is about 55 cm long not sure of age.
    It lives in a click clack container for now. What would be a good size terrarium to get as it grows to adult size? Will I need to get an intermediate size between Juvie size and adult size? I will probably end up making it as I have a Bunnings store close to me so getting the bits and pieces should be straight forward.
     
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    For an adult Coastal, the bigger the better if you have the room. Coastals grow anywhere from (depending on the sex) 7 - 14 feet. I'd be looking at a minimum of 5 x 2 x 2 for an adult, though people do keep them in smaller ones. I think as long as you have lots of hides, you can put a Juvie in the big enclosure. If you are making it, go big. :D
     
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