Understanding When to Change Your Reptile Bulbs

Contrary to what most people think, reptiles are adversely affected by changes in temperature even when living indoors. Most of the time, pet owners start observing sudden changes in their reptile behavior during the fall. Your reptile refuses to eat or becomes slow and spends most of its time in the hide-out area.

Well, if you find yourself in such a situation, you need to start thinking about changing your reptile bulbs. Your cold-blooded buddy is not getting enough heat to live a healthy life. Below are a few tips to help you evaluate when to change a reptile bulb for winter.

1. Appropriate Temperature Ranges for Your Pet

Understand that every reptile species needs a specific temperature range to thrive. The rat snake, for example, prefers a temperature of around 85 degrees. The bearded dragon, on the other hand, needs a higher temperature range of about 110 degrees. Understanding the correct temperature ranges for your pet will help you determine whether you need to change your reptile bulb.

2. The Heat Output of Your Current Bulb

When purchasing your current reptile bulb, you must have noticed that the back of the box contains a chart. Note that that chart details the approximate heat output emitted by your bulb at different distances. Use this chart to determine whether your pet is getting enough heat to survive through the winter.

3. How Long Have You Used Your Current Bulb

Note that UVB bulbs need to be changed every six months because they lose their potency. Always mark on your calendar when you purchased your new reptile bulb. You can also set a reminder on your phone to help you change the bulb after six months.


Do you need to take better care of your pet, especially when winter is approaching? Then contact us, we will help you determine the best reptile bulbs to suit your pet. 

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