When you see reptiles for sale in their enclosures, it’s easy to forget about the importance of reptile lights and heaters. Reptiles need outside heat sources because they’re exothermic; that doesn’t mean you can use any source of heat and expect your reptiles to thrive. All reptiles require specific settings with different types of reptile lights and heating sources.
General Reptile Lights and Heating Methods
Reptile lights are great for creating a comfortable environment for your favorite reptile. There are different types of reptile lights which include special bulbs and infrared heaters; most people use a combination of different heat sources that work for their reptile. Heat lamps are a common option for reptile lights because they’re more affordable, especially ceramic heat lamps. They can be manufactured to suit your reptile’s size and habitat requirements, as well. Although this is a popular option, it’s not always the best. When using a vertical rack system or plastic enclosure, an ambient heat setup would be a better choice. This option is the most economical but also limited to snakes.
One of the best heating methods if a heating pad, just make sure you get one that conforms to your reptiles needs correctly. Pair the heating pad with some form of insulation, like bedding at the bottom of the tank. Without insulation, your pet can come into direct contact with a hot surface which can leave marks and scars.
Tips for Tortoise Lighting and Heating
If you’re interested in a tortoise for sale, take note of its temperature and lighting needs. Depending on the size of its habitat, you can choose to use a two in one UVB and heating bulb since most tortoises do best with a high output UVB lighting system.
There are some tortoises, like the red foot tortoises, that can have cooler temperatures and lower UVB output. With this in mind, consider doing research about your specific type of tortoise before you start buying lamps and bulbs.
Tips for Lizard Lighting and Heating
Our lizards for sale are a popular bunch but they are also delicate and need special attention when it comes to setting up their terrarium. Those heating pads mentioned earlier are the best for regulating your lizard’s temperature.
Remember, different species need different care. Some reptiles that do better with cooler temperatures but for the most part, lizards require a basking spot that can reach up to 100 degrees. As far as lighting, UVB lighting is considered essential but not for the nocturnal species. Help your lizard live the best life with the appropriate heating and lighting setup for the species you want.
Set up your habitat with the right reptile lights so your pets can thrive for a longer period of time. xyzReptiles offers a variety of reptiles for sale and has everything you need for a successful setup. Whether you’re a beginner or an enthusiast, we’re always here to help you give your reptiles the best care possible.