Reptile Heat Lamps
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Choosing the right heat lamp for your pet reptile
Reptiles come from all over the world, so it's important to understand the climate of their natural habitat before choosing a heat lamp. For example, desert reptiles like snakes and lizards require less heat than tropical reptiles like frogs and geckos. Once you know what type of environment your reptile needs, you can start shopping for the right heating to imitate it.
We recommend doing your research or consulting a veterinarian that specialises in reptiles to make sure you have the most suitable heat lamps for your reptile. For most reptiles, you will want both a gradient including a heated area and a cool area in the tank, to help them regulate their body heat.
Basking heat on the ground
A heat mat or tight beam basket bulb is ideal for when you need the heat on the ground. The latter is efficient at penetrating the depths of soil in a tank as well.
Basking heat on a branch
For certain types of snakes, frogs and lizards, you may need to center the heat where the branches in your reptile tank are. A flood bulb works brilliantly here.
Ambient basking heat
An incandescent bulb, without its reflectors, will provide ambient warmth with no clear direction in the tank. Which is often great for smaller, tropical reptiles.
Night time heating
Not all reptiles need heat at night, but for nocturnal reptiles or those that do, that's where an infrared heat lamp comes in. Infrared is perfect to provide reptiles with warmth without added light. An infrared heat lamp puts heat on the ground, while an incandescent infrared lamp such as the Reptile One Heat Lamp can give ambient warmth with just a soft non-disruptive glow.