All Reptiles Need Heat And Light

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If you have always wanted to have a pet reptile, then you need to make sure that you have the right supplies so that the reptile you buy can stay healthy and happy. While some reptiles need to have some specialized things, there are several things that all reptiles are going to need to have. 

Heating Sources

Reptiles are ectothermic. That means that they can't generate their own warmth to maintain their body temperature. That means that they have to have some kind of heating source to get the heat that they need. You can do that in a couple of ways. One way is to have a heating bulb. You install the bulb just like a light bulb, and it will help provide the heat that your pet needs. The nice thing about using a bulb like this is that you can target one specific area of their habitat. That will give your pet a basking area where they can get warm, but they can move to another part of their habitat if they start to feel too warm. You can also use a substrate heater, which would go under whatever substrate you have in their enclosure. That will make sure that the general temperature of the enclosure is comfortable. You can use a combination of heating sources to give your new pet the best results. 

UV Light Bulbs

Most reptiles need to have some sunlight to be healthy. If they are inside your house, they aren't getting the sun they need, but you can arrange to get that light. One way to do that is to use a full spectrum light bulb. These bulbs will provide UVB light, which your reptile needs. One reason for this is that UVB helps the body generate vitamin D3, which helps the body handle calcium. Without that light, your reptile may get a metabolic bone disease. That can be fatal if you or your vet don't catch it quickly enough and get it treated. Ensure that the bulb provides the necessary UVB rays and install it at the right distance from the bottom of the habitat. You want your reptile to get the right amount of light but not too much. 

When you buy your first reptile, you want to make sure that you are getting them what they need. Each reptile species has its own special needs, but all reptiles share some basic needs. 

To learn more, contact a local pet store that offers reptiles for sale.


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