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Reptile advice: the best home for your pet

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Living conditions count

If you’re a reptile lover, it will come as no surprise to learn that reptiles typically come from countries with warmer, sunnier climates than we’re used to in the UK. So if you’re looking after one of these fascinating creatures, you need to take care that you’re providing the right environment for it to live healthily. Temperature, lighting and humidity are all important, so read through our advice and find out what you can do to make sure your pet always feels at home.
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Temperature

Every species of reptile has its own ideal temperature range, so place a few thermometers around the vivarium to make sure the environment is right for your pet. Either provide a heat mat below or a lamp above the vivarium, and connect it to a thermostat. Whichever you use, it should be safe for your pet, so make sure the animal can’t come into direct contact with it.

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Lighting

In order to thrive, reptiles need light that mimics natural sunlight, as otherwise they can become deficient in vitamin D3 and not receive all the visual stimulation they need. So use a special reptile light appropriate for your species – with a timer – and make sure the light source’s distance from your pet’s basking spot is correct. All fluorescent lights should be replaced after six months.
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Constipation

In order to thrive, reptiles need light that mimics natural sunlight, as otherwise they can become deficient in vitamin D3 and not receive all the visual stimulation they need. So use a special reptile light appropriate for your species – with a timer – and make sure the light source’s distance from your pet’s basking spot is correct. All fluorescent lights should be replaced after six months.