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PAGE 7: LIGHTING

 

I follow the same wild-caught lighting recommendations for captive hatched animals. Recorded daily routines in several collections have shown at the beginning of the light cycle, Boelen’s Pythons will come out and bask then retreat to a hide area only to emerge later that evening for further basking and hunting activity. I provide the same full spectrum heat lamp with an eight hour light cycle using only ambient lighting there after. In addition radiant heat panels are used as the secondary heat source. A natural 12/12 light cycle is followed with the exception of a 10/14 during the reproduction cycle.

Big Apple Herpetological offers one of the best full spectrum basking lights to the herpetocultural market. I have witnessed improvements in both appearance and behavior amongst my Boelen's Pythons while using these lights. I strongly suggest trying these and feel that full spectrum lighting is a necessity with this species.
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