The goal: Design a habitat suitable for a hatchling/juvenile blood python.
Main issue: Controlling temperature and humidity
Progress so far: What I've got so far (all theoretical at this point) is a 36" x 12" x 12" (91 x 30 x 30 cm) glass tank with a cypress substrate. There will of course be a water bowl, hideouts and things in there. I'm planning to use a Raspberry Pi connected to a thermometer/hygrometer to control the heat source/fogger. See
Problem details: I am having trouble coming up with a suitable heat source. A heat lamp would be simple enough, but most of the research I've done suggests blood pythons don't like/need a lamp. Plus this would dry out the tank faster, I'm not sure if the fogger would have problems keeping up. I've thought about under tank heaters, but am worried that it wouldn't supply sufficient heat through the substrate. I've thought about a "side of tank" heater, but looks like that would just be an under-tank heater taped to the side of the tank, I'm not sure if that would present safety hazards or not. Any thoughts would be appreciated.