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    Im setting up a 20 long for a king snake. So far it consists of shredded aspen bedding, the obvious warm and cool hides and water bowl, I have a branch leaning at about 45 degrees up to a basking spot, and a few fake plants just for looks. My heating consists of a heat mat (11x11) which covers about 35% of the tank floor. I have the heat mat controlled by a thermostat set at 90 and the probe sandwiched between the heat mat and the glass, then i have the thermometer probe right on top of the glass and under the substrate in the warm hide. Even with the heat mat set to and staying at 90 degrees, I'm only reading about 79 degrees just on the other side of the glass in the warm hide. Is it normal to have a 11 degree difference with he only barrier being a thin piece of glass? Obviously the temp will be even a few degrees cooler on top of the substrate, so what temp should i aim for on the glass in the warm hide? How high can i set the heat mat and not have to worry about cracking the glass etc? 95, 100?

    Btw, i also have a CHE set to 88 degrees directly over the heat mat, thats where the basking spot that i mentioned earlier is located.

    Even with everything stated above, my cool side seems to stay at around 68 degrees. Is this ok? I know ideally it would be 70-75. Does it seem like I'm on an ok track? Any tips for me? thanks for your time and help!

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    Try bumping the heat mat to 95 and give it a day to warm the glass and substrate up. Other than that, your setup sounds pretty good. Lake sure to have a water dish that is large enough for the snake to submerge it's whole body in and to have a couple fake plants for extra coverage and for decoration. Use a dish cloth to cover half or 1/3 of the lid on the cool side, it will help keep heat and humidity in to bump up the cool side temps a bit
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    Ok so before I got your reply I actually did bump it to 95, but was still only getting warm hide under substrate temp readings of about 81. I did some investigating with an infrared temp gun and found that the heat mat is warmer toward the middle than where I had the hide (very corner). So I moved some things around and got the hide towards the center, immediately the temps climbed. I played a bit more and dropped the thermostat setting to 91.5, I'm now reading about 87.5-88 degrees under the substrate in the hide! You think that's a good temp to stick with or should I drop down even a bit more? Thanks for your help!!!

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