For under tank mounting Conductive heat source for reptiles and arachnids Helps in thermoregulating - important for metabolism, digestion, appetite and activity Safe, even heat distribution Perfect for bottom dwellers when mounted under the terrarium. Perfect for tree bottom reptiles when mounted on the back or the sides of the terrarium.
The Desert substrate heater simulates heated sand beds by the sun in deserts. The amount of hours a day and the strength of the sun in these regions can generate extreme hot surfaces. The substrate is dry and does not increase the air humidity as seen in rainforests or tropical areas. The power of the Heat Wave Desert substrate heater is designed to safely create these conditions in the terrarium.
The Heat Wave Rock simulates a stone heated by the sun (in nature, even after sunset, stones maintain some heat for several hours). Various reptiles, including nocturnal, use this form of conductive heat for thermoregulation which is important for metabolism and digestion.
Reptiles and amphibians are ectotherms, or cold-blooded. A proper heating system is thus a very important factor of the natural terrarium set-up. Reptiles are able to regulate their body temperature partly through radiant heat from the sun, provided by the lighting system or the Heat Wave Lamp in terrarium conditions. In their natural biotope, reptiles also often use surfaces heated by the sun, like branches, rocks or the forest floor as a heat-conductor. The Heat Wave Rock and Heat Wave substrate heaters simulate these natural conditions by heating the rock or substrate of the terrarium, stimulating the natural thermo-regulating behaviour of reptiles.