Always best to have thermostatically controlled heating, whether the source is lamp, ceramic or whatever; especially as your boy is a bit of a worry regarding feeding, it takes a variable away.@Kirkz regarding the current "heatwave", you omitted to tell me (perhaps you didn't think I was blonde) to turn his fecking heatlamp off . Having contacted the garden centre today, they informed me that if temperature was more than around 25C he doesn't need any other heating, nor does he need heating at night unless he's living in a shed! Now I've broken the news to the old man, perhaps he'll let me have the aircon on tonight as a trade off!
To excuse my thickyness, this is the first really warm weather we've had, and I hadn't really considered it before as the heating is supposed to have a thermostat.
They are pretty long lasting these days, ours is 35+ years old and still maintains 30deg C, constantly. It also saves me a bollocking when I change his water and leave the door ajar, at least he doesn't get cold!
Without one, and the Aircon on, the ambient temp will affect his viv, reptiles don't generally like yo-yoing temps.