OK, I could dutifully go through all 130 plus pages of posts on the heating of enclosures, but I chose the easy way of just creating a new post. I want to plan out improvements for my snake's enclosure and would like input on the pros and cons of each means of heating. There seems to be a good variety of different heat sources. I am nearly overwhelmed by the variety of light/heat bulbs. I currently have an infrared heat lamp for my BP. It seems to work fine, but I recently read that a heat pad causes fewer shedding problems - but if I use a heat pad, how do I best protect the the furniture underneath the enclosure? (His home is on furniture because he is in the warmest room in the house for the winter).What supports are best to raise the enclosure high enough above the supporting surface so that the heat does no harm? Regarding the bulbs, what are the pluses and minuses for each type? If it helps, my main interest is in pythons and boas, both requiring good heat.