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Sensory Stimulation
Heat Lamps

The methods outlined in this section relate to stimulation by means of sensory inputs, including the use of sounds, smells, temperature differences and movement.

Heat Lamps

Method Provide thermal gradient in the enclosures by careful positioning of heat lamps.
Species Reptiles.
Purpose To allow animals to thermo-regulate behaviourally, by means of choosing where to move to in the enclosure.
Pro Allows the animals to self-regulate their temperature at an optimal level.
Con May cause burns (to animals and staff) if approach too closely or if improperly positioned.
Improvements Use heat guards.
Comments If temperature is about right, animals won’t touch the heaters - it normally only occurs if they are too cold. Heat lamps are essential for all tropical / sub tropical species being maintained in a temperate environment.
Frequency of Use Constant for Frogs, Constant in Daytime for Reptiles.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 9
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 10
Contributed By Reptile Section

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