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Arcadia Support Portal :: Species like the leopard gecko or crested gecko have been kept successfully for years without providing UV lighting.

Species like the leopard gecko or crested gecko have been kept successfully for years without providing UV lighting.

A. The statement that we at Arcadia live by is this " If there is any way what so ever no matter how small that a wild reptile could or would have exposure to natural sunlight in the wild it can only be of benefit if supplied in the correct way in captivity" jcs 2011. It is true science is providing us with such good evidence that many species once thought of as nocturnal are actually either diurnal or crepuscular. This would mean that they would have good exposure in the wild to some degree. We believe that a solar recreation system fitted properly for the right period of time would cause a captive reptile to not just survive but “thrive” in captivity!

In the case of the leopard gecko we know from skin tests just how transmissive the skin is to UV. This species has developed an ability to live in burrows in the Afghan and Indian desert where predation for man and hawks is a very real risk. We know that burrows are usually placed in line with the suns daily path and reflected sunlight could be found in the safety of the burrow mouth. The high transmission factor of the skin simply means that this ground dwelling gecko can use lower levels of light to generate the same chemical and hormonal change in the body as a full hard skinned desert dwelling reptile.

So does the Leo not need UV? Yes it does, just in smaller doses and for a shorter period of time. The research suggests that the skin of a Leo of 14x more transmissive than a bearded dragon. Again choose the lamp you need for your system by measuring the power output of the lamp and factoring in the depreciation of energy from lamp to animal as the light travels from the lamp to the furthest point.


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