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Other Lighting Options For Iguanas

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There are other options that you can take advantage of. For example, if you visit your heat supply stores, you'll find a number of excellent supplies which may include heat panels, heat tape and even pig blankets. If you decide to go with other sources of heat for night time heat, make sure that you realize that the unit will need to be turned on all night long and that it will be running unattended during that time.

If the option is a safe source of heat for this period of time, and the animal can't be hurt by touching it, then it could be a good choice.

A word of warning, though about heating sources. Don't use heating pads that are designed for people. These heating pads may work but they are also a severe fire hazard for your home when left unattended. You should instead consider using other methods.

Another mistake to avoid is the use of hot rocks. You may even find these in your pet store, but avoid them. They are just too easily designed to burn your pet. Unfortunately, they just are not reliable and can easily burn your iguana with just a touch of his foot.

Just as important as heating, the right lighting is necessary to keep your pet healthy and happy. In fact, if you don't give them enough light, they are likely to become ill, perish too early or they may become ill tempered and unfriendly to your touch.

We mentioned earlier the needs that the iguana has for UVA and UVB light. Each one plays a role in the health and well being of your pet. But, they don't have to be hard to provide to him. In fact, it can be pretty simple to give him what he needs.

The first type of lighting your iguana needs is that of UVA. This is the same type of light that you use. Your body uses UVA just the same. It makes us feel good and gives us a sense of well being. We need it to feel good and so does your iguana.

This is probably the easiest of the things to provide to your pet. All you need to do to provide UVA lighting to your iguana is leave the lights on. For example, UVA light can come from the room that you place your pet in. The standard lights that you use will provide the necessary light source to your iguana, too.

That's really all there is to providing UVA light. In fact, a well set up iguana habitat will take care of this for you simply by allowing you to see your iguana. This window or other visual tool that you use will let light in too, which is all that is required.

UVB light is more difficult to provide. But, if you plan to have an iguana, you have to have this type of lighting source, too. The fact is that you need to understand what UVB does for the iguana and also how to provide the right amount of it to your pet.

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