Cool,don't fret, too many holes wont matter. You are not heating the air, your heat mat is heating the floor
putting probe outside will not give you a true indication of inside heat. Probe should always be at basking spot and fluctuations are fine as long as they don't get too extremeCool,
After trolling through lots of posts on here I've decided to attach my probe outside of the tub between mat and plastic, instead of inside enclosure under hide. Because of this I've had to up the settings on my thermostat but I'm now getting more consistent temperature in hide (staying at 32/33 instead of fluctuations between 30 and 34)
I feel horrible for disturbing the little guy, but I need to get this better for him.
Happy with it now. Until someone tells me it's not right
Sorry for clogging up this forum with these posts. Hopefully this will be the end of it.
Thank you @Bluetongue1 , I was awaiting feedback on the click clack that was suggested I create and then told to post a photo of, but it never came unfortunately. Glad you feel it worked out alrightThere is actually a couple of pages of the thread that I missed when I posted my last comments. My apologies – it is due to the side-effects of my current medical treatments which make it difficult to focus mentally at times.. This reminded me of the following...
One important comment I omitted in my last post is that it is not uncommon for new individuals joining a thread to only only read what is posted on the current page. This can result in them raising/advising on issues that have already been addressed. The best way I have found to deal with such posts is to say something like: “I appreciate your input, but I think you may find this has already been dealt with”.
@Mack86, your ability to cut to the chase, with clarity of your objectives, and persistence, will help not only @Meesh, but all other newbies requiring similar information that you have elicited in t thread. This something I believe that is worth considering, before you banish yourself to the search tool only.
PS. Great job on the click clack you ended up producing.
This is very helpful and is inline with what others have said. I really appreciate you explaining all this in depth and in a way that a newbie is able to understand.Before addressing a few points made during the course of this thread, I’d like to tackle the original issue. Bear in mind this will be my opinion based on my interpretation of the information you have provided, and opinions can be wrong. In fairness, I must also acknowledge that coming in at a late stage, where you have answered many questions, provides a broader overview that earlier respondents did not have available to them.
It has been established that some pythons stop eating through the colder months, even when provided with the same degree of heating throughout the year. It is my belief that these snakes are aware of the seasonal changes taking place outside. My hypothesis is that they can distinguish natural daylight from artificially provided illumination and this allows them to track the seasons. I suspect it is most probably an awareness of changing daylength. Alternatively, it may be the subtle changes in the composition of natural light as it’s angle of incidence through the atmosphere alters with the seasons. Whichever, It certainly isn’t “pre-programmed” expectation, as snakes moved from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere, and vice versa, alter their yearly behaviour patterns accordingly.
You stated that you snake was in its cool-side hide whenever you checked, and was maybe moving to the warm side at night. My interpretation of this is that the snake is doing its best to brumate and probably does not go to the warm side at all. It wants to minimize metabolism to conserve its body’s energy reserves, as it would be doing in the wild. Under those circumstances, it will not become active again until it feels that it is the appropriate time of year – as Sdaji explained, there is sufficient heat available on an on-going basis to allow it to fully digest a meal. You will know when this happens because the snake will start moving about, searching for food and utilizing the warm hide. All you should need to do is make a quick visual check in the early evenings, every few days. From what I gather using a torch should be sufficient to determine this without disturbing your little critter if it is not out and about.
don't give upThank you for responding again dragon, please know that I appreciate your advice.
I have a thermometer inside his hide which is constantly reading between 32 and 33 degrees. I am struggling to understand how that isn't a true indication of the temperature. My temp gun measures the same?
Honestly, I give up now , this is all too hard.
@Sdaji , you mention here about October 24th..... I'm starting to think you might be a weather specialist without actually realising it because where I live October 24th will be the first day in a long long while where it will be quite warm LOL.When is the season? When it's warm. Yes, that's vague. I can't tell you it's October 24th, because it's a little different at each locality, season and for each individual.