As I’ve mentioned before, June is a special month for Dumbork and I since it marks our first year together (kinda like a couple, sounds cheesy, but there you have it).
And also because her UVB lamp needs replacing.
UVB is the Ultraviolet Radiation with short wavelengths. Since the natural habitat of turtles are in the wild, the enclosure of captive turtles should replicate the factors found in their natural environment. Aside from water source and food, natural sunlight is another important factor in turtle-keeping.
Since Dumbork lives in an indoor enclosure, I have to find some alternatives to the sun’s natural UVB rays and heat factor. Therefore, a UVB compact lamp is needed, as well as a heat source in the form of an incandescent bulb.
The following information needs repeating, not only because it is important, but also because it may help in keeping a turtle healthy. UVB and heat are used to entice the turtles to bask. Since turtles are endothermic, or cold-blooded, they cannot regulate their body temperature. They use the heat to dry out their shell, metabolizing the calcium in their body for a strong shell and bones.
The temperature of the basking area should be ten degrees higher than the temperature of the water in the tank, so that the turtle will notice the temperature difference. The basking area should also have a ramp so that they can have easier access to the water and to the dry spot. Also, the ramp will help them reach the water quickly to cool down or to have a drink.
Basking also helps the turtle to shed their shell quickly. Not properly drying out may lead to retained scutes, fungal infections and algae infestations.
Having a dry space or area in an indoor enclosure also prevents some infection brought about by poor water quality.
Having a UVB lamp for a turtle replicates the sun’s UVB rays. Still, it’s best to let your turtle roam around under the sun (heavily supervised) and let them soak up the heat and UVB via the natural sources.
Also, bear in mind that some brands of UVB lamp needs a burn-in period where the lamp should be placed higher than the recommended distance. This is because a new lamp may burn brighter than usual at first, and this may hurt the turtles’ eyes. The temperature of the basking area should also be monitored periodically to ensure that the turtles are enticed to bask, and the UVB lamp needs replacing every year or less, as the UVB output decreases the longer its use.
Here is my new The Exo Terra Repti Glo 5.0 (taken from Exo terra Website):
How are your pets? Let us know! Happy Weekend!