This can especially be an issue during very cold weather in the winter months.
Adding a simple undertank heating pad might be the perfect remedy for supplementing terrarium heat for a bearded dragon.
Next, we will go over some ways you can add a heating pad (or undertank heater) to your terrarium to add a little more heat.
Supplementing Terrarium Heat With Heat Pads
If you discover an area in your bearded dragon’s habitat with temperatures a bit too cool for your liking (or the bearded dragon’s liking), supplementing terrarium heat with heat pads might do the trick.
Using a heating pad is a great way to supply warmth to the bearded dragon from underneath. Maintaining belly heat is important for the bearded dragon in order to increase appetite and help digestion.
Benefits of Heat Pads With Bearded Dragons
Heating pads are a great way to supply a gentle, consistent warmth to an area that is too cool. Heating pads generally attach to the underneath of tanks using an adhesive side and contain a built-in thermostat to regulate the heat produced.
They come in many different sizes to fit all different types of tanks and terrariums. Make sure to get a heating pad that best fits the terrarium you are using.
You can also use two heating pads, if needed, on each end of the terrarium to supplement the basking zone and the cooler zone.
Undertank heaters tend to work better for bearded dragons when there is a thick layer of substrate. The heater will warm the substrate and may promote more activity during winter months.
Heating pads are a great way to supplement heat in your bearded dragon’s habitat. They should not be relied upon to conduct all your bearded dragon’s heat needs. Heating devices such as heat lamps and ceramic heat emitters provide the majority of the heat required for a bearded dragon.
Precautions for Heat Pads With Bearded Dragons
Heat pads are electrical devices and should be used cautiously. Attach heat pads to glass terrariums only. Avoid using heat pads near water or wet locations.
Always be aware of items near the heat pad that could be an ignition source or flammable.
Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings!