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Ceramic Heat Bulb Reptile Supplies

Depending on what manner of reptile you have, in your supplies, you will need to include ceramic heat bulbs for snakes or ceramic heat bulbs for lizards. The reason is that reptiles' bodies don't make their own heat. Light and heat together govern the rhythms of reptile physiology and behaviour to keep them healthy. You'll ideally simulate the daily cycle of the sun in your terrarium, so your reptile supplies must include heating, lighting and their controllers. Ceramic reptile heat bulbs are the best source of heat and do not emit light.

Your Reptile's Needs

Reptiles' needs depend on where they come from. Tropical reptile supplies must provide warmth all the time. In contrast, temperate reptiles require hot days and cooler nights. Because reptiles move around to keep their bodies at a suitable temperature, you need warmer and cooler areas in your terrarium. You can thus use reptile heat bulbs and some suitable lights for nature-like conditions.

What Are Ceramic Heat Bulbs?

Ceramic reptile heat bulbs do not emit only infrared heat, like the sun's warmth, for basking reptiles. You can have fast, intense heat without disturbing the reptile's day-night light cycle. The bulbs fit into standard electric light fittings, come in black or white and various wattages. Ceramic reptile heat bulbs last a long time, and reptile keepers consider them to be a better option than heat tape and heating pads, which are more expensive, harder to move or convert, and have safety issues. However, there are a few issues with ceramic heat bulbs, namely that they dry out the air and can overheat an area. Adding some water to the terrarium will increase the humidity.

Controlling the Heat

You can choose the wattage of ceramic reptile heat bulbs to suit the size and layout of your terrarium. Next, you'll want some reptile supplies, such as a rheostat, which is like a dimmer dial. This enables you to fine-tune the level of heat better than a thermostat. You can put it on a timer to vary the heat at different times of day. Keep a quick visual check on the temperature around the terrarium by adding some thermometers.

Staying Safe

Here are some safety tips: Only use ceramic reptile heat bulbs in porcelain light sockets. Keep them out of reach of reptiles to avoid skin contact. Keep lamps and electrical cords away from water, and don't use fittings with cracks or water damage. Adjust your rheostat properly to prevent overheating. Finally, do your homework before choosing your reptile heat bulbs and other reptile supplies.