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RE: Lighting & Powder Question.

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Posted by: PHBoxTurtle at Mon Nov 8 22:44:17 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHBoxTurtle ]  
   

>>correction : I bought a:
>>Exo Terra - Repti Glo 10.0 (26 Watt) Compact Desert Terrarium Lamp

The name of the bulb should give you the idea of whether this bulb is right for your turtle or not-DESERT. North AMerican box turtles are temperate turtles. This bulb's UVB output could be too harsh for a box turtle in a small enclosure, but since the enclosure is of moderate size and the light only shines in at one end, plus it is 20 inches above the turtle- maybe it is OK.

But be careful for any signs of abnormal hiding from the light source. If you notice such behavior, you may want to raise the light bulb to be 25, even 30 inches above the turtle.

I looked at a graph on this bulb's UVB abd UVA output and it seems to be OK, but it does not put out much heat-what do you use for warmth? It will likely not last very long, so replace it every year or give the turtle time outdoors when the weather is nice.

Why not post a picture so we can help you sex ID the turtle?
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