Common questions

How hot do Zoo Med UTH get?

How hot do Zoo Med UTH get?

YES! Even the 1-5gal mini ZooMed mats can get to well over 100f without a rheostat or thermostat.

How long does it take for a Zoo Med heating pad to heat up?

It should get pretty hot by 5 minutes.

How do you use a Zoo Med Digital Thermometer?


  1. Using suction cups, mount the probe inside the enclosure (wet or dry). Mount the digital display in a dry location outside the enclosure.
  2. Press power (pwr) button to turn on.
  3. Slide fahrenheit/celsius switch to desired setting.
  4. Uses one LR44, 1.5 v battery (included).

How do I use Zilla temp controller?

Add a Zilla Temperature Controller to maintain a pet’s terrarium at any preset temperature between 60 degrees and 105 degrees (F). Simply place the temperature probe in a terrarium using the included suction cup, then connect any type of incandescent heat source (heating device is not included).

Can you use a heat mat without a thermostat?

You can use the heat mats without the thermostat, but you will run the risk of possibly cooking if you are not careful. Before purchasing your heat mat, consider the conditions you live in.

What size heating pad do I need for a 20 gallon tank?

6” x 8”
The 6” x 8” model is perfect for a 20-gallon terrarium, while the 8” x 12” model is perfect for a 30-gallon tank. Both models are great for all tropical, temperate and desert reptiles.

How hot does a reptile heating pad get?

Heating pads for reptiles usually get no hotter than 120°F, most reach 90-105°F. Under tank heat mats raise the ambient temperatures of a tank by 15°F.

Can you move a reptile heat pad?

They are not made to be removed and re-used – they will create hot spots in some cases. I would probably just put the thermometer probe on the tub at different part of the heat pad to see if there is any hot spots.

How long does it take a reptile heat mat to warm up?

sum of my heat mats reach 88f within 15 mins.

How do you read a zoo thermometer strip?

The real temperature of the tank will be right around the middle of the rainbow, usually in the green area. For example, if the blues and purples are at 84 degrees, the green is at 86 degrees, and the red is at 90 degrees, then the temperature is probably closest to 86 degrees.

Why choose Zoo Med’s under tank heaters?

All of Zoo Med’s Under Tank Heaters are UL/cUL approved (GS/TuV/CE in Europe) and contain a solid state nichrome heating element. These under tank heaters permanently adhere to your terrarium, forming a solid bond for optimum heat transfer. Inexpensive, low wattage heaters. Excellent secondary heat source.

Can I use the rheostat/thermostat with reptitherm under tank heater?

A: Depending on the mounting, substrate, and other conditions the UTH can bring the temperature up by 2-8 degrees. Q: Can I use the rheostat/thermostat with Reptitherm Under Tank Heater? A: Yes! We recommend using a rheostat or thermostat if your home reaches 80 degrees or warmer.

Can I use Zoo med’s eco carpet for my reptile tank?

A: Yes you can but if using very lightweight substrates such as pine shavings or sphagnum moss, you must put a layer of Zoo Med’s Eco Carpet down first. This prevents snakes and burrowing reptiles from pushing substrate aside and resting on top of the glass directly above the heater, resulting in possible burns. Snake Strip™ U.T.H.