Current veterinary knowledge places a great deal of emphasis on the provision of heat to support physiological functions and behavior in reptiles. A thermal gradient that reaches the upper limits of your Basin's Preferred Optimal Temperature Zone improves digestion, general activity and is thought to be the best way to support your animal's immune system. Studies have shown that reptiles with access to such thermal gradients produce a better coordinated immune response, including better antibody production, better cellular mobilization and improved suppression of pathogens. Reptiles can actually create a "behavioral fever" by selecting warmer areas of their environment when they are ill.
We use Helix Control Systems thermostats in our Vision cages and Johnson Controls thermostats in our Habitat Systems environments. Heat panels are mounted on the upper left side of our cages to create a temperature differential for the Basins.
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Female Basin basking under Reptile Basics heat panel