There might be times when using just heat lamps or ceramic heat emitters are not enough to keep your bearded dragon warm. This can be an issue during very cold weather in the winter months. To supplement the heat in your bearded dragon’s terrarium, try adding an undertank heating pad.
Supplementing Terrarium Heat Using Heat Pads
Using a heating pad is a great way to supply warmth to the bearded dragon’s belly. Maintaining belly heat is important for the bearded dragon in order to increase appetite and help digestion.
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 area and the cooler region.
If the substrate is very thick in the terrarium, the heating pad will be less effective. Make sure to place it in an area that has a thinner amount of substrate.
Many times, you may find your bearded dragon taking a nap over top of the heating pad, enjoying the warm radiant heat coming from below.
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. Using heat lamps and ceramic heat emitters provide the majority of the heat required for a bearded dragon.