Bearded dragon hot rocks
Hot rocks or heat rocks for reptiles are commercial devices that looks like rocks and supplies direct heat. These devices have built-in electrical heaters and often thermostats. For Bearded dragons, hot rocks serve well as basking areas and stimulate natural basking behaviour.
Hot rocks & their thermostat function
Hot rocks are often used as basking areas for Bearded dragons. In order to have better control over the temperature, and not to cause thermal burns, many hot rocks comes standard with built-in thermostats that can be set to the desired temperature range. A thermostat is a temperature sensoring device with a switch that will tutn on and off to stay within a certain/set limit.
What to look for in a good Bearded dragon hot rock
The most important hot rock requirement for Bearded dragons is that it must be able to maintain the recommended basking temperature of about 40 ºC / 104 ºF. Having a thermostat will make it more reliable and prone to less probems. Because not all hot rocks are the same, product reviews and recommendation from other Bearded dragon keepers are strongly recommended. Price probably dictates quality in this case.
Other handy specs include attractiveness, size, lightweight, ease of cleaning and disinfecting and ease of use.
Potential problems with hot rocks for Bearded dragons
One of most frownd upon problems with hot rocks in general is that they only emit heat from the bottom. This is less preferred when compared with overhead heating like for example heat lamps shining over a regular rock, where heat is emitted more naturally from the top and the bottom.
Some reptile hot rocks have been shown to cause electrical dysfunctions where the thermostat fail to switch off. This can cause lethal burns to Bearded dragon. When selecting a Bearded dragon hot rock, make sure to buy a reliable brand with good customer ratings. Also make sure to test the wiring and temperature on a regular basis.
- Specialised reptile related pet shops
- Internet search (e.g. Amazon.com)
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