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At Buckles Feed Depot & Pet Supply in Lafayette, Indiana we have an important piece of advice for everyone who adopts a snake, lizard, turtle, or any other reptile: Reptiles make fantastic pets, but if you do not reside in their natural habitat (and chances are that you do not), they aren't necessarily easy to care for. You won't require to take your reptile for a walk daily, but you will require to provide it with a healthy environment with the best reptile heating and lighting. And to do that you will require the best reptile heating and lighting equipment from a shop you can rely on.

There is a basic reason reptiles require supplementary heat. Reptiles are cold-blooded. They can not control their temperature.

In nature, reptiles control their temperature by changing their environment. The sun on a rock. They burrow into the ground. But reptiles you keep in a cage do not have that choice. They require you to give heat to them. Some reptiles, like geckos and ball pythons, require supplementary heat 24/7.

Reptile heating isn't quite as basic as placing a heating system in a cage. Many heating units emit light. Utilizing them to keep a pet reptile cozy can be like creating 24-hour daylight, so your pet would not have a normal cycle of activity and rest. Heating for reptiles at night needs come from an infrared source, like a heated ceramic, rather than from a heat lamp.

On the other hand, reptiles you maintain indoors also require supplementary lighting. They require the same wavelengths of light supplied by sunshine so their bodies can make vitamin D. They require a daytime source of light along with a supplementary heat source at all times.

And different reptiles require different reptile heating and lighting. Here is a rundown of reptile heating and lighting requirements by species.

Ball python heating and lighting: Ball pythons require eight to 12 hrs of light daily, with numerous breaks of one to 2 hrs during the day. They prefer a nocturnal source of light to imitate conditions in the wild; infrared light is fine at night (just not a glowing light bulb).

Bearded dragon heating and lighting: Bearded dragons require continuous heat, ideally from a ceramic heat source, 24 hr a day. They also like to be able to bask in "sunlight" you supply with an incandescent bulb, but make sure it's only turned on during the day.

Chameleon heating and lighting: Chameleons definitely must have UV-B light during the day so their bodies can make vitamin D. They prefer reduced temperatures at night from an infrared bulb.

Corn snake heating and lighting: Corn snakes require eight to 12 hrs of light every day with a "night light" or infrared light at night. Do not provide excessive white light.

Gecko heating and lighting: Geckos are nocturnal, so they do not require lights that supply UV-B. It's OKAY to supply them with a regular incandescent bulb for daytime lighting but they require ceramic heat or a nocturnal heat bulb at all hrs.

Russian tortoise heating and lighting: Russian tortoises aren't quite as fussy as other reptiles about heat, but they require a UV-B source of light for 12 to 14 hrs a day.

You will discover everything you require for keeping your snake, lizard, or turtle healthy and happy at Buckles Feed Depot & Pet Supply in Lafayette, Indiana Buckles Feed Depot & Pet Supply in Lafayette, Indiana has everything you require for healthy reptile heating and lighting. We can assist you to maintain your pet reptile well-fed, cozy, and disease-free for many happy years to come.

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