UVB Fluorescent Lights, Mercury Vapor Bulbs
Nearly all diurnal reptiles require exposure to ultra-violet B (UVB) rays in order to synthesize vitamin D3 and in turn, metabolize calcium. In captivity, herps receive these UVB rays via artificial means, either from specially designed fluorescent lights, or from UVB emitting mercury vapor bulbs. Standard-filament heat bulbs DO NOT provide essential UVB. There are many options available so that you may choose the one best suited for your particular needs. Click here for more information on the role of UV light in reptile husbandry.