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  1. questionWhat does the term tetrachromatic mean?
    A. Reptiles, amphibians and birds all have a fourth cone cell in the eye. This simply means that they can see in the UV spectrum. UVA is essential to wellbeing of captive reptiles. We know beyond all real doubt that reptiles, amphibians and birds are tetrachromats. Without exposure to UVA the an ...
  2. questionPlease explain the D3 cycle?
    A. The following except is taken from the forthcoming book about reptiles and the undergrowth from Arcadia books. This amazing process begins when a cholesterol called pro vitamin D(7DHC) is produced in the skin of an animal. This is a natural process in both humans and reptiles. When this chole ...
  3. questionWhat do you mean by photoregualtion?
    A. reptiles are one of the most highly advanced of all animal groups! They are able to obtain energy from heat and obtain essential vitamins from simply exposing themselves to short light wavelengths of light from this sun! They are able to see 100 million colours, this opens up a totally differ ...
  4. questionI keep a royal python in a three foot long enclosure that is 18Ē high do you advise the use of UV lighting?
    A. Snakes like all reptiles use UVA to “activate” their tetrachromatic vision, and they do also use UVB to top up on Vitamin D₃. There are also around another hundred reported chemical and hormonal changes that have been identified as occurring in the body of a reptile when it ...
  5. questionI have a corn snake, do you recommend UV lighting or not?
    A. The answer is in nature! The corn snake inhabits the grass and forest areas of mid America. It is very diurnal and a very effective predator of a vast array of animals including rodents, reptiles, amphibians, small birds and even reported some inverts. This is an animal that would by definiti ...
  6. questionI have heard of UV boosting can I use your lamps to do this?
    A. UV boosting is the practise of exposing an animal to high levels of UVB energy for a short period of time. This method has been extensively tested in the past and good results have been noted especially in dendrobates. Now that technology has moved forward we can now provide good strong level ...
  7. questionMy D3 basking lamp will not light back up again after I have turned it off for quite a while, is this normal?
    A. Mercury vapour lamps have many uses for the reptile keeper. They provide a good amount of quality light, heat and UV. Due to the internal ballast system that starts and keeps the lamp running properly they do have to cool down before they can be restarted again after use. If you have been usi ...
  8. questionCan the Arcadia High output T5 reptile lamps be used with a dimming controller?
    A. The Arcadia high output T5 range of reptile lamps uses international lamp lengths and wattages and the same build process as non UV HO T5 lamps. So yes where the technology exists these lamps can be dimmed. However it must be noted that a lamp running on 30% of its true power will only be emi ...