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Heat and Lighting Requirements of Pet Reptiles

Many species of reptiles that are kept as pets have very specific needs that will include the amount of heat and light that are available to them every day. Knowing your pet reptiles basic needs and meeting them adequately can go a long way in ensuring their health and wellbeing. 

Reptiles are ectothermic or cold-blooded; they depend on their external environment for thermal regulation. This is an important reason why the temperature inside their enclosure must be maintained at all times. . In their natural habitat, they stay in sunny spots or into shaded areas as necessary. The reptile enclosure should have a temperature gradient to help in the animal’s thermoregulation. To create a temperature gradient, install a basking light or other heat source on one end of the enclosure to create an area with a higher temperature than the rest of the enclosure. Placing several thermometers in different areas of the enclosure and regular monitoring is very important. 

Work with your vet Oshawa, ON to know more about your pet’s basic needs and requirements.

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