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