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Help and advice on shopping for: Thermometer Gauges

Keep an eye on the heat of your enclosure

Heating a reptile, amphibian or invertebrate enclosure is important but it’s also important to ensure it doesn’t become too hot or suddenly drop in temperature. To help you ensure the safety of your pets we’ve created this fantastic range of thermometer gauges, including products from Exo Terra, Komodo and Lucky Reptile.

What are thermometer gauges?

Reptiles are cold-blooded, so they need to be in a warm environment to heat up, however, if they are in too much heat they will start to burn and become stressed and if the temperature suddenly drops they will become inactive and ill. Thermometer gauges are small bits of hardware that give you a visual indication of the temperature within an enclosure. Depending on how advanced the unit is, they can also alert you to sudden changes and monitor other factors like humidity.

Why should I buy thermometer gauges?

Thermometer gauges are a critical piece of hardware in every reptile enclosure as they give you a visual indication of heat without needing to open the enclosure, which could let out even more heat. They allow you to see when a piece of hardware, such as your thermostat or heater, is under or overperforming and quickly correct it before it harms your pet. Most thermometer gauges are very reasonably priced, with more advanced options costing a little more.

What are the main types of thermometer gauges?

Most thermometer gauges do the same job but can be differentiated by their display and additional features. The display of a thermometer gauge can be analogue, simply a dial with a hand pointing to the current temperature, or digital, with a precise reading on an electronic display. Additional features tend to be the big differentiator in price, as some thermometer gauges can monitor several factors at once and cost a little more than a regular thermometer.

What should I look for?

When buying a thermometer gauge the key is to think about how much you want to invest in it as a safety feature, cheap thermometers are good but they depend on you regularly checking the temperature of your pet’s enclosure while more sophisticated ones are more likely to alert you.