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What's a good basic hearing pad for a Tarantula/Scorpion tank?

Discussion in 'Vivariums and Terrariums' started by Jmanbeing93, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. Jmanbeing93

    Jmanbeing93 Arachnopeon Active Member

    I was wondering what would be a good heating pad for an acrylic tank about 30x20x15cm. (WxHxL)

    What qualities do I need to look for in a heating pad intended for scorpions/tarantulas?
  2. WeightedAbyss75

    WeightedAbyss75 Arachnodemon Active Member

    A 10 x 10 cm would probably work well, but most T's and scorps don't need heat pads. They can burn themselves if they are placed incorrectly. Any reason why you want to use one? If your house stays around 65 F and up, you shouldn't need to risk one ;)
  3. Jmanbeing93

    Jmanbeing93 Arachnopeon Active Member

    I thought it was a necessity for them, besides I might move to UK, which can get cold at times. I don't know if houses there usually stay 65F.
  4. WeightedAbyss75

    WeightedAbyss75 Arachnodemon Active Member

    General rule of thumb: If you can be comfy in your T room in a short-sleeved shirt, then it should be fine for them :D They are very hardy, only thing you may worry about is that their metabolisms will be a little slower. May not be a jumpy, eat as much, molt as much, etc. Also, if you can, a space heater is a lot better. That way, the whole room is warmer and there are no risks of burning/overheating ;)
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  5. Jmanbeing93

    Jmanbeing93 Arachnopeon Active Member


    Thank you very much for help, so if I feel uncomfortably hot or cold, it's too hot/cold for the spider?

    How much is a space heater by the way? Just asking before I google it.
  6. WeightedAbyss75

    WeightedAbyss75 Arachnodemon Active Member

    It is, from what I have heard, a decent chunk of cash. However, they could probably last a few weeks without any heat if it's a little colder. If your house is 60 or below, you will need a heater IMO 62-64 is on the low end, but they can deal. But yeah, if you are comfy, then they are too. Even if it is a little colder than you like, it's not a huge deal ;)
  7. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    None necessary, esp for a T.

    Have fun exporting your animal, that's always hard on animals. Hope yours makes it.

    Generally yes.

    I've raised all my Ts with a night of 68-72F/day 72-78F, regardless of species. Never an issue to my knowledge.
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  8. Jmanbeing93

    Jmanbeing93 Arachnopeon Active Member

    I am intending on getting a T when I get settled in the UK but sake of curiosity, how do I export a T? They seem awfully delicate.

    Awesome, thank you very much. What about winter time?
  9. WeightedAbyss75

    WeightedAbyss75 Arachnodemon Active Member

    I need to export mine within the next month or so, and I have over 14 animals. My plan is to take the slow drive from Chicago to Indiana (about a 3 hour trip) and transport them in their enclosures. It's not a huge trip really, but really don't want to try and pack them into shipping vials with paper towels etc. Usually, the two ways to do it are to transport the enclosures with the animals or to take the animal out, pack them like you are going to ship them, and either put them in the mail to your new location or simply take them like that.
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