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    Hi everyone! So I tend to have my hot area at 31-33c (89-91f) which seems to work well for my Izzy - she comes out at night, poops well and warms up fairly quickly in there. Occasionally, however, my thermostat seems to decide its fed up with its usual regime and carries on heating for a bit longer. It always turns off, just at a slightly higher temperature (tonight, 35c - 95f)

    I'm not yet sure how delicate Leos are with this type of thing so it always panics me a bit when her temps are a bit higher than usual. Is there any temperature that they absolutely 100% should not go over?

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    I would not let it go over 95*. Anything hotter and that can cause burns, what type of thermostat are you using?
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    I think it's a microclimate ministat, looking at pictures. I'm going to look in to getting a new one, I'm just not sure enough. Are my usual temperatures alright?

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    Normal temperatures seem fine. That 95F is a bit scary though. Good news is that it doesn't last for long stretches. I'm not familiar with the brand of thermostat, but perhaps double checking with a separate thermometer would be helpful. I found a decent infrared one on Amazon for around $20 I think.
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    I think my digital thermometer reads a bit high sometimes, I have an infrared thermometer too that on occasion reads lower than it which was saying it was 33, at most 34 in there. Something in my setup is sometimes reading wrong but I don't know what and I don't know how to work it out!

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    I always check my temperatures with a temperature gun, the digital thermometer and the thermostat. All are within 2* of each other. @Zux is from the UK, he can probably tell you a decent thermostat to get.
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    I honestly wouldnt worry too much about 95 F, my thermostat does the same thing sometimes and it doesnt seem to bother my gecko too much. As long as there is a spot that is cooler i wouldnt worry. If the whole tank floor is 95 then yes it could be a problem. But if it gets to hot your gecko will move.
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    My issue is that sometimes the probe will get knocked away and be off the ground, so it ends up measuring the air temperature right above the ground rather than the ground itself. I'm always freaked out when I right the probe and the temperatures go to 95+

    That being said, knock on wood my leo hasn't gotten burned yet, and just moves into another part of the cage.

    Based on what other people have said on this thread, maybe I should invest in a temperature gun as well.

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    Hey @MissFrances,

    I use Habistat Pulse Proportional Thermostat | Swell Reptiles for all my heating equipment.

    Due to the nature of 'pulse proportional' units there isn't any fluctuation of temperatures throughout the course of a day and night, if I set it to 91 for example it heats until it reaches 91 and then pulses just the right amount of power to maintain that temperature 24/7. That should eliminate any concerns you have of fluctuations.

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    Well, I know what my first purchase is next payday now

    Thanks everyone! Temperature definitely wouldn't be 95 all over, heat actually drops off quite rapidly where the heat mat ends, so I turned the thermostat down a bit to make sure it didn't go terribly high and went to bed knowing she could find somewhere cooler if she needed. Everything's back to normal in the tank now this morning (in fact a little bit lower than I'd like, because apparently I can't have everything!)
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