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At One Stop Country Pet Supply in Keene, NH we have a vital piece of advice for everyone who adopts a snake, lizard, turtle, or any other reptile: Reptiles make fantastic pets, but if you don't stay in their natural habitat (and chances are that you don't), they aren't always easy to look after. You will not need to take your reptile for a walk daily, but you will need to provide it with a healthy environment with the best reptile heating and lighting. And to do that you will need the appropriate reptile heating and lighting devices from a store you can trust.
There is a fundamental reason reptiles need supplementary heat. Reptiles are cold-blooded. They can not control their temperature.
In nature, reptiles manage their body heat by changing their environment. They sun on a rock. They burrow into the ground. But reptiles you keep in a cage do not have that option. They need you to supply heat for them. Some reptiles, like geckos and ball pythons, need extra heat 24/7.
Reptile heating isn't quite as basic as putting a heating system in a cage. Many heaters emit light. Using them to keep a pet reptile cozy can be like creating 24-hour daylight, so your pet would certainly not have a regular cycle of activity and rest. Heating for reptiles during the night needs come from an infrared source, like a heated ceramic, rather than from a heat lamp.
On the other hand, reptiles you keep indoors also require additional lighting. They need the same wavelengths of light given by sunshine so their bodies can make vitamin D. They need a daytime light source in addition to additional heat source regularly.
And different reptiles need different reptile heating and lighting. Here is a rundown of reptile heating and lighting needs by species.
Ball python heating and lighting: Ball pythons require eight to 12 hrs of light each day, with a number of breaks of one to two hours during the day. They like a nocturnal light source to imitate conditions in the wild; infrared light is fine at night (just not a glowing light bulb).
Bearded dragon heating and lighting: Bearded dragons need constant heat, preferably from a ceramic heat source, 1 day a day. They also like to be able to indulge in "direct sunlight" you offer with an incandescent bulb, but see to it it's only switched on during the day.
Chameleon heating and lighting: Chameleons definitely must have UV-B light during the day so their bodies can make vitamin D. They choose lower temperatures at night from an infrared bulb.
Corn snake heating and lighting: Corn snakes require eight to 12 hrs of light daily with a "night light" or infrared light during the night. Don't give them too much white light.
Gecko heating and lighting: Geckos are nocturnal, so they don't require lights that offer UV-B. It's ALRIGHT to offer them with a routine incandescent bulb for daytime lighting but they need ceramic heat or a nocturnal heat bulb at all hours.
Russian tortoise heating and lighting: Russian tortoises aren't quite as picky as other reptiles regarding heat, but they require a UV-B light source for 12 to 14 hours a day.
You will locate everything you need for keeping your snake, lizard, or turtle healthy and happy at One Stop Country Pet Supply in Keene, NH. We can help you maintain your pet reptile well-fed, cozy, and healthsome for many pleased years to come.