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The best form of lighting, and the healthiest by far, is natural sunlight. Unfortunately, but almost impossible to avoid, most captive snakes are kept indoors. Even sunlight filtered through glass is not acceptable. You must provide your snake with full-spectrum lighting. The UVA and UVB rays are required for the healthy development of your snake.

The use of a full-spectrum flourescent light provides the needed UVB light. This must be supplemented with an incandescent bulb for heat. You should provide a daylight period of 10 to 12 hours each day. In the colder months, provide 11 to 13 hours of light a day. In the warmer months, provide 9 - 11 hours of light a day. Whatever intervals you select be sure that you keep these constant. Inconsistent schedules of lighting will adversely effect the stress levels of your snake.


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