Ectothermic reptiles rely on external sources such as the sun for warmth, as they are unable to produce their own body heat. They utilize this heat energy to maintain their bodily functions, digest food and stay healthy. Therefore, heat lamps are necessary to provide the heat required by reptiles. The Zoo Med Repti Basking Spot Lamp, designed with a double reflector, is an incandescent spot-style basking bulb that focuses 35% more heat and light compared to regular spot lamps.
To use the lamp, first, install it into a ceramic-socket lamp that has a wattage rating above that of the bulb. Plug the lamp into a surge protector and position it on either the far left or far right side of the terrarium to create an optimal temperature gradient. To ensure that your pet is receiving the correct temperatures, measure the temperature using the Zoo Med ReptiTemp Digital Infrared Thermometer at their basking area.