How to Articles

Helpful insights on caring for your gecko and anything else you may need.


How To Use Heat Tape For Snakes and Reptiles

  • Heat tape must be used with a thermostat or rheostat. Using heat tape without one could be fatal to your animal.
  • If you're using different sizes of heat tape in your setup, a separate thermostat must be used for each size.
  • There is no top or bottom to the heat tape. Either side can be used.
  • In open air your heat tape will only get to around 90°F. but at full power can get to 130°F under an enclosure full of substrate.
  • There must be a small air gap (1/8") on one side of the tape.
  • Heat tape can be easily cut with a pair of scissors. Just please, for the love of all that’s good and right in the world, make sure it’s not plugged in.
  • We’ll be happy to connect it for you. As you’re adding the THG Heat Wire/Clip/Insulator Set to your cart, be sure to select the option to have us connect it for you. Let us know in your order how you would like it connected and we'll take care of it.
  • Heat tape should cover no more than 1/3 of the floor of your enclosure. You’re trying to create a basking area that allows your animal to move closer to or further away from the heat tape and regulate its body temperature.
    • Like any electronic devices, thermostats can fail. You need to be sure that in the event of a failure, your animal can move away from the heat.
    • To make sure your set up is safe in the event of a failure, test the heat tape. Plug it directly into the wall to get the maximum output from the heat tape and monitor the enclosure. Make sure your animal could survive in the event your probe is dislodged or your thermostat fails.
    • In a perfect world, you should only run your heat tape at 50%-75% its maximum temperature.
  • More than likely, your heat tape will have up to a 5% variation in temperature across its length (about 5 degrees if your thermostat is set to 100° F). This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Your animal will move from the warmer to cooler sections until it finds the spot that’s just the temperature it needs.
  • Heat tape runs should be kept under 50’ for the 3” and 4” heat tape, 35’ for the 6” heat tape and 25’ for the 12” heat tape. These are the maximum lengths, and it’s best to stay below them.
  • It’s best not to use your thermostat at its maximum rating. It will shorten the thermostat's lifespan.

When and How to Clean your Gecko's Enclosure

When to Clean

Figuring out when to clean your gecko’s enclosure can be difficult but necessary for maintaining the gecko’s health and wellbeing. Observing the enclosure and its components should be done daily. Important things to beware

Gecko Feeding Ledges


Geckos are an arboreal species of reptile, meaning they live a large portion of their lives in trees. While up in the trees, geckos are able to avoid most terrestrial predators that roam the surface beneath. Functioning in trees not only provides a place of safety but allows foraging opportunities, accessible resources, and a sanctuary. Luckily, Pangea Reptile provides a product

How To Sex Your Gecko

Sexing Your Crested Gecko

How can you tell if your crested gecko is a male or a female? Sometimes it's quite easy to tell, especially if your gecko is a bit older. Once male crested geckos hit maturity they develop very obvious hemipenal bulges

THG Heat Tape Connection How To

How To Connect Heat Tape Tutorial

Of course the simplest way to connect the heat tape is just to have us at Pangea do it for you. When you order the connection kit for your THG heat tape just select "Yes Please" under the Connect it for us option.

You can Purchase the heat tape

LED For Vivarium Plants

LED for vivarium plants

It's all about wavelengths! Plants require wavelengths within the visible spectrum, roughly between 400nm and 740nm. UVA falls just under the visible spectrum, but is highly beneficial for faster growth, higher nutrient levels, and resistant to fungal infections. (source)

How To Ship Your Crested Gecko


Crested geckos, and other New Caledonian gecko species, are considered some of the most hardy reptiles in the hobby and can be shipped overnight for next day delivery in the right conditions rather safely. When shipping these geckos, their health and safety should always be

Crested Gecko Heating

One of the best aspects of keeping Crested Geckos is the fact that they do best at


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