can you use a regular household bulb as a heat lampWashingtonpost77@yahoo.com
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NO! A household light is NOT good enough.A heat lamp for a reptile/turtle also produces uva which is extremely important to the psychological well being.There is a reason these bulbs are more expensive.You won't be able to see a differance,but the turtle will since it sees uva.Also,you have to make sure you have a uvb bulb also. Without this your turt will suffer a great deal of pain until it eventually dies.Both of these bulbs are very,very,very important to the health of the turtle.A household bulb is a form of turture.
Just wanted to put a few things straight with this comment;
- Firstly, turtles need a source of heat to bask. If the basking temperature is not higher than the water temperature, the turtle will not bask.
- Many keepers recommend the use of UVB lighting for turtles, as this promotes vitamin D3 production, which is needed for turtles to absorb dietary calcium.
- UVB bulbs also produce UVA, which is supposed to stimulate natural behaviors, but generally do not produce much heat.
- Thus, the common way of providing heat, UVB and UVA is using a UVB(+UVA) fluorescent tube alongside a regular household spotlight.
- "Reptile heat bulbs" are just overpriced spotlights with UVA output. The most important factor in turtle lighting is UVB.
Lastly, keeping turtles without UV lighting is not a death sentence. What is most important is that the turtle gets vitamin D3 from somewhere, otherwise illnesses such as metabolic bone disease can occur. Some keepers (myself included) do not use anything other than a household spotlight for basking, but provide vitamin D3-rich foods in the diet, and raise turtles just fine. I can assure you all my healthy turtles look quite comfortable basking under just a spotlight, and not tortured in any way.
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