Reptiles living in the wild require
a great deal of direct sunlight to allow for maximum blood circulation and to
keep them active and healthy. Because your home cannot provide the amount of
direct natural sunlight your reptile requires, it's important to provide plenty
of artificial lights to ensure your reptile is comfortable, safe and healthy in
his new home. Reptile lights are a must-have for your reptile's habitat because
they promote physical and emotional well-being.
Providing proper lighting
for your reptile requires more than simply hanging a bulb in his tank or
terrarium. Most reptiles need full spectrum lights in their habitats to
provide them the UVA and UVB rays they need, regular light bulbs don't provide
UVA or UVB light. For this reason, you must purchase a reptile light that meets
the needs of the pet you have chosen.
All species of reptile
(aquatic and terrestrial) have different lighting needs for optimal health. Be
sure to research which reptile light is best for your pet, and educate yourself
by talking to reptile owners, rescue employees and pet store owners to learn as
much as you can about reptile lights before setting up your new pet's habitat
at home. There is a great deal of information online about how to properly care
for all types of pets, including non-traditional ones like reptiles.