Hi, everyone, first post, and need some help.
I have a redtail I bought (rescued!) a year ago. Snake was neglected, starved, etc. I bought a new 80 gallon glass tank , got a screen top, and have big driftwood pieces and aspen bedding. I have a big, heavy Pyrex bowl for water. The boa eats frozen rats regularly, has filled out nicely, loves to be held, and seems very happy.
Here is the problem part. I have the tank placed on top of a big maple dresser. I put an 11" x 11" Fluker heat mat under the tank on the opposite side of the water.
Today, I noticed a burning smell coming from the tank. The heat mat had gotten way too hot! It cracked and scorched the top of the wooden dresser! Lucky, the snake was not injured, and was resting on the water side of the tank.
Okay, I don't want to burn my house down.
I was thinking of placing 3/8 plastic feet at the corners and middle of the tank to get it off the wood and taping a new heat mat in place.
Then my buddy suggested I just go with an overhead infrared heat lamp on top of the metal cover.
So I wanted to ask you folks what you thought the smart thing to do was.