Leopard Gecko UVB lighting

Have questions or comments about these cute little guys?

Leopard Gecko UVB lighting

Postby Reptilelady » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:28 am

[TOPIC AUTO-LOCKED DUE TO INACTIVITY]

Hello everyone,
I recently got a leopard gecko. She's been doing great so far, no issues. When I first got her on December 8th, she was only 20 grams and 6 inches length. Now she is 40 grams. I give her the "Repashy Super Foods Calcium Plus Supplement" with each feeding: crickets, roaches, mealworms, etc.
My biggest question is what kind of UVB lighting? Shes a hypo tangerine morph so I think they are more sensitive to light? I was thinking of getting her an "Arcadia Mini UVB Kit".

What do you guys recommend or use?

Thanks!
User avatar
Reptilelady
Sub-Adult Poster
 
Posts: 1185
Joined: Fri May 19, 2017 5:56 am

Re: Leopard Gecko UVB lighting

Postby HylianHealeys » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:36 am

Because leopard geckos are a nocturnal species (unlike bearded dragons, which are diurnal), it is a commonly held belief that they don't "need" UVB to be healthy in captivity. And it's common practice not to provide UVB for leopard geckos.

That being said, UVB is beneficial for just about any reptile if provided, and I commend you for your eagerness to go above and beyond in your husbandry! A Zoo Med 5.0 tube fluorescent should be plenty. Note that this bulb requires a special T5 HO light fixture. The 5.0 compact fluorescent (not mini) installed horizontally in a fluorescent hood can also work — it just has less range.
Mariah Healey
Author of several care guides on ReptiFiles, The Reptile Blog for Reptile People
See my research on beardie husbandry in my Bearded Dragon Care Guide
HylianHealeys
Juvie Poster
 
Posts: 373
Joined: Sun Nov 16, 2014 1:46 pm
Location: United States


Return to Geckos

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users