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Reptiles make terrific pets, but  they aren't necessarily easy to take care of. You won't need to take your reptile for a walk every day, but you will need to provide it with a healthy environment with the right reptile heating and lighting. And to do that, you will need the reptile heating and lighting tools from a store you can trust.

There is a basic reason reptiles require supplemental heat: Reptiles are cold-blooded. They can not regulate their body temperature. In nature, reptiles control their body temperature by switching their environment. They get sun on a rock. They burrow into the ground. But reptiles in a cage do not have that choice. They require you to provide heat for them. Some reptiles, like geckos and ball pythons, require supplemental heat 24/7.

Reptile heating isn't quite as simple as putting a heating unit in a cage. Many heating units emit light. Using them to keep a pet reptile warm can be like producing 24-hour daylight, so your pet would certainly not have a normal cycle of activity and rest. Heating for reptiles during the night needs to come from an infrared source, like a heated ceramic, rather than from a heat lamp. On the other hand, reptiles you keep indoors also need supplementary lighting. They need the same wavelengths of light given by sunlight so their bodies can make vitamin D. They need a daytime light in addition to a extra heat source constantly. And different reptiles require different reptile heating and lighting. Here is a rundown of reptile heating and lighting demands by species.

Ball python heating and lighting: Ball pythons require 8 to 12 hours of light each day, with numerous breaks of 1 to 2 hours during the day. They prefer a nocturnal source of light to imitate conditions in the wild; infrared light is great at night (just not a glowing light bulb).

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

Chameleon heating and lighting: Chameleons absolutely needs to 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 need 8 to 12 hours of light everyday with a "night light" or infrared light at night. Don't provide too much white light.

Gecko heating and lighting: Geckos are nocturnal, so they do not need lights that provide UV-B. A a normal incandescent bulb for daytime lighting works great, but they need ceramic heat or a nocturnal heat bulb at all hours.

You will find everything you need for keeping your reptile happy & healthy at For Healthy Pets in Montgomery, AL. We can help you keep your pet reptile well-fed, warm, and healthy for many years to come.

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