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    Unhappy UTH Isn't Cutting It For Winter.


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    I have a Zoo Med UTH for my adult female leopard gecko, and it's worked fine until it started getting colder recently. She has a 20 gal glass tank and the heat mat is taped with electrical tape (it was un-sticking) onto the underside. She has roughly 1/4" tile as substrate over the heat matt w/ paper towl in between. I have Eco Earth on her cool side (she eats on the tile side). I was pretty confident that her heat mat would keep up later this year but I was wrong. I have a heat lamp on right now which I know isn't the best option but her UTH seriously isn't cutting it. I took her out a bit earlier and put her in my shirt to warm her up and she seemed to do better than she did her warm hide. There's fires in Cali right now so I can't leave the house much because of the smoke but if there's anything I can get her in store I'll head out asap. I've been meaning to get a ceramic heat emitter, but am still unsure of what kind. If anyone has a recommendation (whether it be moving her heat matt, purchasing a good ceramic heat emitter) please respond. I love her so much and I hate to see her cold.

    I should mention that her heat matt is controlled with a Jump Start thermostat set to 94 f (usually 87-90 when it actually is working responsibly.) As I started writing this it was 77 f double checked with a heat gun. Now it's 85 but I fear that's only because I turned on a portable heater abt 3 feet and set it underneath/infront of my dresser where her tank is. It's working for now but I need something more reliable and I won't be able to have that heater on when I'm out during the winter. I'm planning to revamp her enclosure soon but not in time for her to get past this winter safely. Thanks for reading and replying, I appreciate it a lot.

    EDIT: I forgot to say that my dresser is up against an outside wall that gets cold from the weather. I'm looking into moving her to my wall near the hallway but as of now there's not much I can do.
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    you can put a piece of thick styrofoam between her cage and the wall.

    I'd get a 75 or 100W CHE. flukers and zoomed are both fine. I've never bought the somewhat cheaper ones from walmart because honestly, they'll last for years so $20-25 for a bulb isn't a bad deal. especially if you only need it for part of the year.
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    Does the same apply to leos as cresties - not to use infrared CHE's at night? (Regular CHE's are fine.)
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    Are you measuring heat in the air or on the ground. If in the air, it may be warmer in the air inside the warm hide, which I think is fine for winter. If on the ground, consider one of the following solutions (before considering a CHE, since I think it really dries out the air too much):
    --tape aluminum foil over the heat mat (so the mat is sandwiched between the bottom of the enclosure and the foil) which helps direct the heat upwards
    --make sure your heat mat is not sagging. I find that electrical tape doesn't work so well. Nashua tape works better and if you use that over the entire heat mat you will be mimicking aluminum foil
    --consider removing the tile from the warm side and using paper towel just for the winter.

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    The styrofoam is a great idea. My wall gets so cold so I think that will help quite a bit. I'm definitely considering a CHE, I just need to do more research myself before I feel comfortable purchasing one for her.

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    I've been measuring the ground temp. I really appreciate your suggestions, especially the one about the tape. Her heat matt has sagged in the past and I've used electrical tape since and while it keeps it from sagging I was hoping it would help the heat more so I'm very excited to try Nashua tape! Thanks!
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    also, this is probably obvious but just in case. keep heat sources away from the styrofoam, especially make sure the CHE isn't near it if that's what you end up going with.
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