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Tank got too hot
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Old 11-16-2021, 11:17 PM   #1
Unhappy Tank got too hot

Hi there, I'm a first time corn snake owner and I try to be super careful about keeping everything right in her tank, so when anything goes wrong I get overly worried.

I recently moved into a new apartment and the thermostat is wonky so it can be hard to control the temperature sometimes. Well yesterday, it was SUPER cold so my roommate jacked up the heat. Somehow, only my room got hot which brought my snake's tank up to about 100 degrees on the hot side and 90 on the cool side, when I usually keep it at about 82-85 on the hot and 78-80 on the cool. It was like this for about an hour before I noticed and she was hanging out on the cooler side at least, but I know too high heat can be detrimental for corn snakes so I just want to make sure all is good lol.

I know I'm probably worried over nothing but I just need to ask for peace of mind, thanks all
Old 11-16-2021, 11:47 PM   #2
Hi, welcome to the forum! That is certainly hotter than what is acceptable long term for a corn, but for short term, it is not enough to burn them or cause neurological damage. Keep in mind their natural range in the wild can get that hot. Do you have your heat source on the tank hooked up to a thermostat too? If not, I would recommend getting one so if something like that happens again, the tank thermostat will read the temp and turn off, so at least you wouldn't be getting extra heat.
Old 11-17-2021, 10:32 AM   #3
Thanks! I will definitely look into getting one, I had never even thought about it since it wasn't an issue where I was living before but now that I might need it I think its a good investment to make lol
Old 11-17-2021, 11:54 AM   #4
Rich Z
Unless your snake was in an all out panic trying to get out of the cage to find some place cooler, it likely means that it didn't feel overly stressed out from the heat.

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