Lighting for reptiles is very important. In the wild, many reptiles live in environments where the strength of the suns ultraviolet rays are high.

The Ultraviolet rays for reptiles are very important. They help to stimulate natural behaviour like mating and eating, but also help to produce Vitamin D3.

Vitamin D3 is needed to help metabolise calcium, a lack of Ultraviolet can be responsible for metabolic bone disease. This is why ultraviolet bulbs are therefore important.

The bulb should be inside the cage/vivarium as glass will stop these helpful rays.

They should be positioned 30-45cm away from the reptile as the strength of the ultraviolet waves reduce the further away the bulb is.

We recommend these bulbs are changed every 6 months, but this is dependant on the manufacturer.

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