There have been a few discussions of late with respect to snake lights. For a considerable length of time, owners of snakes utilized a similar lighting set-up for their pet snakes as they did with different reptiles but now, it is certain that some lighting elements are not useful to certain snakes.
If you own a snake that is naturally from a calm atmosphere (not very hot, not very cold) and your home is warm all year round, you do not need to have lighting for your snake. Try not to confuse temperatures and UVB with humidity as the case may be. Several snakes require distinctive dimensions of humidity, even if they’re both from the same climates.
UVB Snake Lights
With the exception of some of the less popular pet snakes, UVB lighting does not do the snake any good. UVB lights won’t hurt your snake and they may likewise increase their coloration or activity, but snakes can fare well without the aid of any special UVB light whatsoever.
If you choose to include UVB lights in your snake’s confine, ensure it is at least 12 feet from where the snake can get to it. Also, do not use it for over 12 hours per day. Ensure no glass or plastic is blocking it (use wire work or screens).
Heat Lights for Snakes
Depending on the snake’s temperature requirements, a heat light might be necessary to keep up the cage’s temperature. Many snake owners use under tank warming pads to keep the tank warm, but using warming pads alone is not adequate to keep up the tank’s temperature.
Heat lights, in addition, to providing the necessary warmth, likewise offer a more normal day/night cycle for your pet snake than the heating pads. You can have two separate heat lights, each on a 12-hour cycle. Use one during the day and one during the night, depending on the bulb color. This will reproduce a characteristic day/night cycle and is particularly important for nocturnal snakes. Without a legitimate light cycle, your snake may stop eating as a result of being lethargic and stressed.
Incandescent heat bulbs are available in an assortment of wattages to give your enclosure the best possible temperatures. The wattage required will depend on the size of your tank. Putting a higher wattage bulb in a small tank could result in too much warmth in the enclosure. Get a thermometer that will help you monitor the temperature of the cage. Normally, the tank should have both a cooler and a hotter side to help the snake choose where it wants to be.