Heating and Light for Your Snake

Heating and light for your Chondro Python are very important considerations. Below are the recommendations.

Heating

Chondro Pythons need to have a thermal gradient in their enclosure, meaning that the temperature should change slightly throughout their environment. They will move around until they find the temperature they need. The warmer end should be between 86 and 90 degrees, with the cooler end being between 75 and 78 degrees. The air temperature should stay between 84 and 86 degrees at all times.

The best way to heat the enclosure is with a ceramic heater. These heaters don’t add light to the enclosure, so that will have to be added separately. Always use a thermostat to keep the temperature regulated.

Other ways to heat the enclosure are heat mats, spot bulbs, and power plates. Each of these has their good and bad points but, for a large enclosure, nothing works as well as the ceramic heaters in my opinion.

Lighting

The Chondro Python is a nocturnal snake, meaning it prefers to come out at night. In the wild, this is when their prey is awake and their predators are asleep. This doesn’t mean you will never see them out when it is light, though. Many times they can be seen basking in the sun in the wild. With this in mind, you should offer them a light source.

Adding artificial light to the enclosure is a great addition for the snake and it makes it more appealing to you for viewing. The Chondro will adjust their own wake and sleep times based on when you have the lights on and off.

Chondro Pythons do not need any kind of special lighting for the enclosure. You can get a WhitePython LED light for the enclosure that will provide plenty of light and use little electricity. The benefit of these lights is that they are small and don’t take up much room in your enclosure. If you are more interested in seeing your snake move around in the dark, you can choose to use a Nighttime Red or Moonlight Blue LED light in the enclosure.

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