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[HELP] Can I use an old kitchen thermometer to monitor enclosure temps?

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by lanzaey, Jun 22, 2019.

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    So basically, I have an old kitchen thermometer lying around and I've ordered a heat mat online for my scorp. I've kept her in an unheated enclosure because I was skeptical at first whether or not she will survive the first months after being taken from the wild.

    Here are photos of the thermometer:

    On an aditional note, how hot would you suggest the temps to be? I'm keeping a female Asian Forest Scorpion on a pretty large 30×65×35cm tank.

    My heatmat is 14w at 30×30cm. Would you guys recommend side mounting it or putting it underneath the tank? Thanks!
  2. moricollins

    moricollins Arachnoking Old Timer

    Never put a heat mat under an invertebrate's tank. If it digs into the substrate it could burn itself.

    I would imagine that a kitchen thermometer would work to measure temperature in a tank ...
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  3. Dry Desert

    Dry Desert Arachnobaron Active Member

    Not a good idea to leave the scorpion in less than correct environment for a couple of months to see if it makes it !
    Have the heat mat on the side, never under the tank, and have one hide close to the side with the heat mat and another hide in a slightly cooler area.
    Temp. range 85/88 cent. humidity 80/85.
    The kitchen therm. should be okay, place it in a central area of the tank, not up against the heat mat.That will give a temp. gradient from hot heat mat area to cooler areas.
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  4. Yeah I know it was a bad idea and I'm trying to make it up to her now. Thanks for the advice on temps and heat mat placement
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