Is a heat lamp okay for a desert species that likes a dry climate?

Moakmeister

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The only real problem with heat lamps (ceramic bulb) is that they make the air bone-dry. But what about a desert species that needs dry air? Especially an adult scorpion that will never molt again.
 
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Chris LXXIX

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In all honesty I don't see a single valid reason and I fail to realize all those 'myths' behind those lamps. If a certain species 'loves dry', then offer a dry set up parameter and done. The less lights, the better, when it comes to arachnids. They enjoy dark, quiet, peace :-s
 

Moakmeister

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In all honesty I don't see a single valid reason and I fail to realize all those 'myths' behind those lamps. If a certain species 'loves dry', then offer a dry set up parameter and done. The less lights, the better, when it comes to arachnids. They enjoy dark, quiet, peace :-s
probably shouldve clarified that i meant a lightless lamp. ceramic bulb.
 

Chris LXXIX

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probably shouldve clarified that i meant a lightless lamp. ceramic bulb.
"Peggio che andar di notte..." :)

Those create a lot of heat, really you can keep a desert specie without those devices without issues. It's all about the set up parameters. And btw a little water dish needs to be present as well, captivity doesn't offer what the wild can.
 

ArachnoDrew

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I use a IR heat lamp mostly just at night for my desert Hairy. When it's on hese actually a bit more active in his enclosure. He sits out and underneath it on his bark. But I hover it over his enclosure not sitting right on top so it's not a microwave in there . I live in SoCal. US. It gets cold here at night
 

gromgrom

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I dont use ceramic bulbs, I use infrared lights, and theyve worked fine for me for like 6 years now
 

Smokehound714

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infrared is the best. you can keep it nice and warm without hot spots, no problem with overheating. It's also a wonderful way to keep humidity-loving species warm without drying the enclosure out
 
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