Going to Repticon to get a tortoise and have some ?s?
I plan on getting a Sulcata tortoise tommorow. I have a list of things I will need, but when it comes to the lighting I get a little confused. Research says that I need a UVB and a UVA light for heating and an incandescent bulb for a lighting source. So do I need three lights? Also some say turn the lights off at night, some say leave them on. Which one is best?
- TPau15Lv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
You do need all three types of light, however you will only need two (or one) bulb(s.) Any white light emitting bulb will also emit UVA, this includes heat lamps and UVB bulb. So, basically you will need a heat lamp and a UVB bulb; these will be two separate bulbs, unless you get a MVB (mercury vapor bulb) which is the only reptile bulb that will emit heat and UVB bulb from one bulb.
Long tube UVB bulbs are best; coiled/compact UVB bulbs are known to cause severe eye damage and/or blindness in reptiles, not to mention they have trouble maintaining UVB output over time. Zoomed's Reptisun is a good example of a long tube UVB: http://lllreptile.com/store/catalog/reptile-suppli... Remember to replace UVB bulbs according to the manufacturers recommendation after which time the bulb will no longer produce UVB even if visible light still is.
MegaRay is a good example of a MVB: http://www.reptileuv.com/
The Sulcata should have the basking temp (90 F) and UVB lighting available for 10 - 12 hours a day. At night, the temps can dip into the 70's F with no problem. If the temps are cooler tat night, you will need to provide night time heating to get the temp into a safer range. CHE (ceramic heat emitters) are good for night time heating needs.
I hope you are aware that Sulcatas grow to be enormous and will need an 8ft x 8ft enclosure once full size adults. This is basically a bedroom sized enclosure. These torts also do not brumate and have to be kept warm at all times; they can't be kept outdoors in colder climates. Here's a few reliable places to read about Sulcatas, as one can never know too much:Source(s): reptile keeper for 13 years