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    Question Are there benefits of using UV light

    With the setup I'm planning I'm going to use a combination of UV and day-light simulating flourescent tubes to light and heat the viv,with a rock wall to allow the snake(s) to get close to the lights and bask.I was wondering -Has anyone has observed any changes in activity,growth or colour when using UV light with garter snakes?
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    Re: Are there benefits of using UV light

    Uv is not necessary but should not effect your snakes in any negative way.
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    Re: Are there benefits of using UV light

    The effect of UVB on snakes is largely unknown, but it seems that it's not as necessary for them, as it is for other reptiles. I have a study somewhere that would indicate that it might benefit snakes to some degree, but I can't be bothered to look for it.

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    Re: Are there benefits of using UV light

    I'll stick it in anyway if not for the animal but for the plants.
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    Re: Are there benefits of using UV light

    No UV for albinos though.
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    Re: Are there benefits of using UV light

    I don't like albinos so that's not an issue
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    Re: Are there benefits of using UV light

    A 2.0 bulb or one indicated for tropical species shouldn't hurt anything. Keep in mind the snakes don't actually get any exposure beyond 12 inches from the bulb. I think they do have a positive psychological effect on the snakes (appetite and increased activity) but a well-balanced "natural" spectrum florescent without UV would probably have the same effect and cost significantly less. As with any UV bulb, always provide shade/hiding places for them to get away from exposure.

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    Re: Are there benefits of using UV light

    I nicked the idea of this thread Naturalistic Snake Enclosures With Fake Walls - A How To Guide (Pic Heavy) - Reptile Forums. Basically he found that in his wooden vivs,within a couple of inches of the tubes stays around 30C.He says it worked well with his marcianus and other temperate species.The background gives the animal a choice of temperatures and also lets the animal use more of the vivs space it also makes it look very nice
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    Re: Are there benefits of using UV light

    I think it would much better to put ecoearth/reptibark mixture in there instead of that crap they got going. I also see a potential for injury.

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    Re: Are there benefits of using UV light

    I'll probably have to guard the tubes because marcianus are quite heavy bodied compared to those Psammophis.

    Will plants root into the eco earth stuff?
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