How long should the UVB light be on for a bearded dragon?

How long should the UVB light be on for a bearded dragon?

about 12-14 hours
Lighting: A full spectrum ultraviolet light source (such as ReptiSun) is required for about 12-14 hours each day during spring and summer and 8 hours in the fall and winter. UV rays cannot pass through glass or plastic so avoid any covering between the bulb and the bearded dragon.

How often do I need to change my UVB bulb?

every 6 months
As a general rule, replace Linear Fluorescent UVB Bulbs every 6 months, although many manufacturers suggest these bulbs remain usable for 12 months.

Can you give a reptile too much UVB?

They can get too much UVB but they are experts at regulating exposure which is why I recommend setting up lots of variety. If she has areas that are further away from the light and still allow her to get nice and warm and there are areas of shade she can hide in, she should be fine.

How do I know if my UVB bulb is good?

If the UVB bulb is functioning the paper should show blue/purple spectrum on the white paper. 4. If the paper remains white the bulb might be defective or expired.

Where to place the UVB light on a bearded dragon?

Ideally, the UVB bulb should span 2/3 to 3/4 the length of your tank. This allows your bearded dragon to absorb beneficial UVB rays no matter where is chooses to rest/sit. When placing your UVB light, mount it all the way to one side of your tank (preferably the side with the basking light).

Where is the best place to bask a bearded dragon?

The basking area should be the highest point in the enclosure, and closest to the UVB bulb. PRO TIP: If you use UVB, make sure that the fixture doesn’t have a piece of glass or plastic to “protect” the bulb. UVB rays are blocked by glass and plastic, rendering that bulb you just spent so much money on completely useless.

Where is the basking lamp on a bearded dragon tank?

Achieving a proper temperature gradient is important in any Bearded Dragon enclosure – this is why we place the basking and the cool zone lamp on opposite sides of the tank. If the zone directly under the basking lamp is too hot, your bearded dragon can gradually move towards to cool zone until it finds the perfect temperature.

What do you need to know about brumation for bearded dragons?

The purpose of this article is to set the record straight about brumation. From what brumation actually is to tips on how to care for brumating bearded dragons, no stone will be left unturned! Brumation is essentially the reptile version of hibernation and is practiced naturally by bearded dragons, turtles, tortoises, snakes, and other lizards.