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my corn snake and uvb
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Old 02-11-2018, 02:14 PM   #1
my corn snake and uvb

hi i been experimenting with my corn snake i bought a 13 watt mini bulb repti sun 5.0 and put it on a clamp lamp and my snake seems more active i don't know if is just checking it out or she likes it,either way i'm glad i did put one on.

i think every living thing in this earth needs some sunlight,even if its artificial lol.
Old 02-12-2018, 03:55 PM   #2
Pretty sure blind cave fish don't need sunlight.
Old 02-12-2018, 06:40 PM   #3
Originally Posted by Dragonling View Post
Pretty sure blind cave fish don't need sunlight.

Made me spit my coffee.

Snakes can sometimes be found basking in the sun. They do this to warm up on relatively cool days. Since "we" (those of us that own and keep pet snakes) provide correct heating and caging, basking is not necessary. Unless the only source of heat is from an overhead lamp.

Providing a heat pad thermostatically controlled to the correct temps removes the need for a lamp.

For every snake "You See" basking in the sun, there are millions you never notice under leaves and rocks and logs. Which is where they would prefer to be.
Old 02-13-2018, 10:58 AM   #4
I am actually a big fan of low level UV exposure for many animals that otherwise do not have it listed on their fancy care sheets. Leos especially seem to benefit from small tropical lamps, being more crepuscular than actually nocturnal. Though I might skip it for corns with reduced melanin in the eyes, I am actually hoping some small LED UV solutions will eventually become available so I can rig them up to my racks in the future. I've even purchased a 35 watt SunRay lamp for my bioactive paludarium because I believe its inhabitants (a garter snake, some endler's, and lots of bugs) will benefit from it.

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