Reptiles use light in different ways

Reptiles use light in different ways, but no matter the species, all of them rely on the sun for warmth, either directly or indirectly. Unlike mammals, reptiles cannot warm their bodies from within, so having external heat sources is crucial for their survival.

In case you ever wondered why we see snakes, lizards and turtles basking under the sun in the wild, now you know that they are simply soaking up the heat. The cool part is that they use both the sun and the warm surface they are sitting on to get the job done.

By increasing their body temperature, reptiles maintain a good digestion and keep other internal processes functioning properly. Some of them use sunlight for the UV rays, as they need them to produce vitamin D3 within their bodies.

This is a key element for the proper absorption of calcium, and without exposure to UVB light, they would not be able to properly develop or they could suffer from a wide array of health issues, including metabolic bone disorder.

Choosing the right light

There are many available options out of which you can choose in order to provide the proper lighting and heating needs. The challenge is creating a system that both fits the needs of the animal and the owner’s budget.

Before you go and purchase your new pet, you might want to read up on the animal’s specific needs, since there are significant differences among species. You could research online guides, ask questions at the pet store and try to get everything checked and ready before you bring your new friend at home.

One simple thing to keep in mind is that a light timer is an easy and inexpensive way to automate the on/off cycle of the various gadgets you will need. Use it to schedule turning a device on and off at certain times of the day or night. That way you can determine what times the lights and heat turn on and off for the day.

This solution is a lot simpler than remembering to turn a switch on and off every single day. Some exotic species are quite dependent on having the proper light and dark cycles and timers are an easy solution to meet this particular need.

Different types

Snakes can live long and healthy lives with only a bit of light coming in through the window, or from the light in the room itself. They do benefit from the daytime – nighttime cycle, but they don’t rely on UVB exposure. Lizards and turtles require a higher level of UVB exposure.

Although snakes are more adaptable, just like lizards, they do require daily exposure to UVB if you want them to live a long and healthy life.

Interesting facts about anacondas


Anacondas are fascinating because they are so big and impressive and scary at the same time. To the right owner, they can be amazing pets. However, for most of us, they are animals worthy of our respect but ones that we’d rather watch from a distance. They are the largest species of snakes, and they prefer tropical rainforests as nesting places. They can be found all over South America, and they have mastered the art of camouflage, as they can be somewhat hard to find in the wild.

One interesting piece of trivia related to these reptiles is that one of the most massive captured anacondas was over 17 feet long, which is a record even for the species. It weighed over 215 pounds and to this day is part of the locals’ freakiest nightmares. Fortunately, these animals are mellow and like to be undisturbed, and they don’t attack unless provoked by malicious people. They are not venomous, and they kill their prey by suffocating it since they are constrictors. It is also a well-known fact that females are larger than males.

Speaking of growth, anacondas never stop doing it. They get larger and larger every year, and they never stop until their death. The reptiles can be found in multiple colors, mostly dark green with dark spots, and they match their environment perfectly, managing to surprise their food despite having a size that could match the size of a bus.

What’s even cooler about these mind-blowing reptiles is that they move with ease on land and water as well. They are great swimmers and can stay underwater for up to 10 minutes. These abilities are the reason why they have managed to not only survive but thrive as well in a place that is threatened by unsustainable deforestation.

All kinds of large and small animals can be part of the diet of an anaconda. This diet includes rabbits, capybaras, fish, deer and there was footage captured with a specimen that caught and ate an entire jaguar. They have cleverly designed jaws which allow them to swallow the hunt in one piece, and they can go on a week without feeling hungry again.

Anacondas can live in captivity longer than in the wild, which is not always the case with wild animals. This shows they have immense adapting spirit, and the fact they are so easy to maneuver if well fed makes them so popular among pet owners. Just make sure you go for a breed that doesn’t grow as large as a bus. In the wild, these formidable creatures can live up to 15 years, while in captivity twice as much.