Monday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Tuesday 9.30am - 5.00pm
Wednesday 9.30am - 5.00pm
Thursday 9.30am - 5.00pm
Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm
Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Why do I need......??
- UV LIGHTING?
- Reptiles in captivity are kept in artificial environments and those of us who love them do our utmost to provide the optimum living conditions, but it is not possible to recreate the natural world. Insectivorous lizards cannot metabolise vitamin D3 unless they have daily access to UV light. In the wild, they would obtain this from natural sunlight, but in captivity it is necessary to provide this by artificial means. Failure to provide this can lead to a distressing and ultimately fatal illness called metabolic bone disease. We can supply the lighting equipment you need, according to the size of your vivarium and on the species of animal being kept. AN ORDINARY SPOT LIGHT IS NOT ENOUGH. The UV light must be positioned so that the reptile can bask within 12 inches distance from it, and all UV lights should be replaced after 6 months of use, whether or not they are still working, this is because the quality of the uv will degrade over time. You can use a time switch to turn the light off at night, so that you create a day/night cycle for your pet . Most lizards and amphibians will need to have UV light, this is not optional, it is ESSENTIAL. Most snakes and some nocturnal lizard species, along with larger carnivorous lizards, can survive without uv light, but will come to no harm if you choose to provide it for them. Please check with us to determine if your pet needs this.
- a THERMOSTAT?
- reptiles are cold blooded, which means they cannot regulate their own body temperature, and are dependent on their environment to achieve this. The level of heat required varies among different species, e.g. a lizard species native to deserts will need much more heat than a rain forest floor inhabitant. Pet reptiles are generally kept in an enclosed vivarium and this can be heated by variety of different systems, depending on the species and also on the size and properties of t he vivarium. BUT it is essential to remember that the animal living inside has nowhere else to go, to escape excessive heat or to warm up. It is possible to overheat as well as to give insufficient heat, This is why a thermostat is probably the most important piece of equipment you will need to buy. It will enable you to set the temperature to the required level for your particular reptile. Please remember that the animal will not thrive if it is too hot or too cold, feeding and behaviour may be affected, and the animal may die if the temperatures are extreme.
Please check with us to determine if the pet you are buying, and the vivarium you plan to keep it in, needs a thermostat and we can advise you on the appropriate product for your needs.
- VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS?
- Again this is an essential requirement as insectivorous lizards in captivity may not be able to obtain all their nutrition from commercially available live insect food.
WHY? in the wild, insects will feed on a variety of food which will be constantly available to them, the reptiles which feed on the insects therefore have access to a rich food source. Live insect food for captive reptiles is commercially bred, packaged and distributed to dealers and shops in plastic tubs, with a dry food provided in the packaging, by the time the boxes reach the shelves the insects can be dehydrated and undernourished. You can counteract the negative effects for your lizard by doing two things: you can dust the insects with a vitamin supplement powder, which will ensure that all vital nutrients are being given. In addition, feed your insects up a bit before giving them to your lizard - this is called gutloading. We sell suitable food for crickets, you can also use scraps of vegetable, or even grass and dandelion leaves will be relished by locusts. Dusting the insects with supplements should not be done every time you feed them, as it is possible to overdose leading to toxicity. 2 or 3 times a week is enough. If you are uncertain about which product you need, PLEASE ASK.
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