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Lighting for Turtle Habitats

You have made the commitment to own a pet turtle, and now it’s time to set up his habitat. You can do research online to find out exactly what your particular species needs or you can seek guidance from an experienced reptile owner to ensure you set up the habitat correctly. Congratulations on taking on the responsibility of caring for a turtle that’s been taken out of the wild and placed in your loving, capable hands. If you’re a first-time turtle owner, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by the number of terrarium supplies and equipment on the market today, but don’t panic! We are here to give you the some basic information about what you’ll need to get started setting up his habitat in regards to heating and lighting. We encourage you to learn as much as you can about how to care for the type of turtle you’re going to add to your family, and the Zen Pet Supplies’ online store has the turtle habitat lighting products you’ll need to create an environment that closely resembles your pet’s natural habitat.
Two of the most important aspects of creating a habitat that closely resembles his natural one are to set up heating and lighting properly. All species of reptiles require different types and amounts of heat and light, and as his caretaker, it’s your responsibility to provide the light and heat your reptilian friend needs to thrive. Reptiles like turtles are dependent on solar energy, which means every aspect of their lives is controlled by their daily exposure to solar light and heat, or their artificial equivalents. Reptile caretakers must use lamps and other lighting sources to provide their pets the specific lighting needs they need to flourish. Like all reptiles, aquatic and semi-aquatic turtles need three kinds of light, all of which should face their basking area. They need light that replicates sunlight, UVA light, and UVB light. They also need warmth that the sun would provide if they were living in the wild. If you have an aquatic turtle, you’ll learn that they spend a large part of the day basking in light because the warmth from the light raises their body temperature, which helps fight bacteria. UVA light affects activity level, mood, feeding habits and breeding, and UVB light is necessary for the production of Vitamin D3, one of the essential vitamins.

Without proper lighting, turtles could sick and even die, so it’s your responsibility as his caretaker to make sure your turtle has plenty of the light sources he needs to thrive. Zen Pet Supplies carries the artificial lighting products you’ll need for your turtle’s terrarium. In indoor enclosures we can’t replicate sunlight perfectly, but we can provide substitutes like incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, and ceramic heater. Incandescent lights produce light and a lot of heat; halogen bulbs are more energy efficient than incandescent light bulbs, and they produce more intense light and more heat (a 50-watt halogen bulb is approximately equivalent to a 75-watt incandescent). In our current inventory, we carry both 50-watt and 75-watt halogen blubs, and we also have an aquatic turtle lighting combo unit, which has some cool features including a ceramic socket for use with lamps up to 100 watts and a polished aluminum dome for maximum light and heat output. This combo lighting unit has a deep dome that extends beyond the face of the lamp, preventing it from extending outside the face of the dome. And, because it’s splash proof, it can be used for all types of aquatic turtles or other water-dwelling terrarium pets. This long-lasting product will provide approximately 2,500 hours of bulb life, which means you get the most bang for your buck. Please check out the turtle lighting products available right here at Zen Pet Supplies today.