Reptile Heat Rocks
Shop our range of reptile heat rocks that are perfect for maintaining body temperature & adding realistic decoration to your habitat. Heat rocks for reptiles are a fantastic way to keep your scaly friend happy and healthy. With a wide variety of sizes and styles, these realistic looking rocks will not only look good in your terrarium, but also ensure that your reptile is able to maintain a healthy temperature and bask as they would in the wild. Reptile hot rocks are most commonly used with lizards. Other reptile warming options are heating mats, heating cords and heat bulbs.
Reptile Heat Rock Buyer's Guide
A heat rock is an artificial rock with a heating element inside it used by reptile keepers all around the globe. It provides a source of direct heat for reptiles that like to bask, such as certain species of lizard and snake. You can purchase different wattage heat rocks, different sizes and different shapes.
Heat rocks contain a heating element inside them, and when plugged into a power source they heat up, creating an ideal basking spot for your reptile. The heat produced from the heating element inside it is then transferred to the surface of the artificial rock, where the reptile will lay to bask and thermoregulate. Aesthetically, they are a great addition to your reptile enclosure. They look real and add that natural element to the space. In terms of safety, heat rocks are generally safe when used correctly. There is always a slight risk of burns to your reptile, or if the unit were to ever malfunction and overheat, it also poses a fire risk. Generally speaking though, if they are used correctly, are from a reputable reptile brand and the manufacturers instructions are followed, you shouldn’t have any issues.
As a heat source, heat rocks should not be the sole heat source inside your reptile's enclosure. They are best used as a supplemental heat source, while also using a primary heat source such as a heat bulb. A heat rock will not sufficiently heat a whole enclosure and keep the temperature steady like a bulb will, which reptiles need. Installation wise, heat rocks are super easy. Simply plug them into a power source and place them inside the enclosure! They are attached to a cord, so you will have some length of cord in the enclosure. To some this may not be suitable, you can hide the cord underneath the substrate, but you also have to keep in mind that some reptiles could potentially get caught up in it, or even chew it.
Reptile Heat Rock Pro's
- Provides localised heat
- Adds a natural aesthetic to the space
- Under belly basking
- Easy to install
- Great for basking lizards and snakes
Reptile Heat Rock Con's
- Not suitable as a primary source of heat
- Power cord is inside the enclosure which can pose a chewing risk or entanglement
- Risk of burns if not used correctly
- Only a localised heat source
- Not energy efficient
Reptile Heat Rocks FAQ's
What is a reptile heat rock?
A reptile heat rock is an artificial rock with a heating element inside it. It provides a source of heat for reptiles like to bask, such as certain species of lizard and snake. You can purchase different wattage heat rocks, however always ensure you have your heat rock connected to a thermostat to avoid it getting too hot and potentially burning your reptile.
How does a reptile heat rock work?
A heat rock contains a heating element inside it, when plugged into a power source it heats up creating an ideal basking spot for your reptile. The heat produced from the heating element inside it is then transferred to the surface of the artificial rock.
Which reptiles can benefit from a heat rock?
Reptile species that like to bask in the sun in their natural environment to thermoregulate such as some species of lizards will be sure to make use of a heat rock.
Are heat rocks safe for reptiles?
Heat rocks are safe for reptiles, as long as they are used properly. Always ensure that the heat rock you buy is from a reputable brand that specialises in reptile products, and is specifically designed for reptiles. Always follow any safety instructions on the packaging and for optimal safety use your heat rock in conjunction with a thermostat to ensure it does not overheat and cause harm to your reptile.
How should I position a heat rock in the reptile enclosure?
We recommend placing your heat rock on one side of the enclosure. This creates a temperature gradient within the environment, which is needed for reptiles, as they are cold-blooded and required to thermoregulate. This then means they can move freely from the warmer side to the cooler side of the enclosure to ensure their bodies stay at the optimal temperature.
Can reptiles burn themselves on a heat rock?
Yes, there is always a risk of your reptile potentially burning themselves if the heat rock is not used correctly. To avoid the heat rock getting too hot, connect it to a thermostat and set it to the desired temperature. The thermostat will automatically turn the heat rock off if it reaches a temperature higher than the one you have set.
Are heat rocks a sufficient heat source for reptiles?
No, heat rocks should not be the sole heat source inside your reptile's enclosure. They are best used as a supplemental heat source, while also using a primary heat source such as a heat bulb. A heat rock will not sufficiently heat a whole enclosure and keep the temperature steady like a bulb will, which reptiles need.
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