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Re: How much UV?


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Posted by ALanolis on March 10, 2003 at 09:34:04:

In Reply to: How much UV? posted by Kimmy on March 09, 2003 at 09:33:22:

The Photoperiod of an Anole depends on the time of year. A good way to manipulate photoperiod, is to study those of Florida and similar SE regions.

The UVB fluorescent and the incandescent basking lamp (given you don't use a CHE) should only be on during the daytime. At night, it's best to simply keep the room temperature that the cage is in, within nominal ranges (65-70F or so, which tolerable for most people) and them omit the use of lamps.

Though Florida natives, family of mine included, report very very very long summer days in the middle of the summer, it's best to stick with a more average based routine. In the winter months, the less time the lamps should be on. In the mid summer, the longest, and a good half and half in the spring and autumn.

In the summer, a good 12 hours max is sufficient (though those Florida natives I mentioned, along with some keepers, say 14 hours in the dead middle of summer helps). In the winter, 9 hours or so is ok, some say in the dead middle of winter to hover around 8. In the spring and fall, 10-11 are ok.

If you live in the native range, just go by the sun outside. If you can study the sunsets and sunrises of Florida, that will help as well. Also, some weather websites tell you the sunset and sunrise times of Florida on a day to day basis. Generate an average mathematically and go by that if you're up to it. I did that for a while myself.

Most people use a timer, such as this one:

~Anolis




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