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How Much Heat and Light Do Reptiles Need?

A guide to temperature and UV light for reptiles

Overview

Heat and light needs by species

Reptiles have different needs depending on where they’re from and whether they’re nocturnal (more active at night) or diurnal (more active during the day). The following chart provides recommendations for the common habitats sold at PetSmart. Larger enclosures may require higher watt bulbs. If you have questions, consult a PetSmart associate.

Reptile species
What heat source?
What kind of UV bulb?
Anole
50-watt heat bulb
Tropical (Medium)
Bearded Dragon
100 to 150-watt heat bulb
Desert (High)
Chinese Water Dragon
75 to 100-watt heat bulb
Tropical (Medium)
Collared Lizard
75 to 100-watt heat bulb
Desert (High)
Curly-Tailed Lizard
75 to 100-watt heat bulb
Low
Frilled Dragon
75 to 100-watt heat bulb
Tropical (Medium)
Longtail Lizard
50-watt heat bulb
Tropical (Medium)
Mali Uromastyx
100 to 150-watt heat bulb
Desert (High)
Skink
75 to 100-watt heat bulb
Low
Crocodile Gecko
75-watt heat bulb
Low to none
Eyelash Crested Gecko
50-watt heat bulb
Low to none
Gargoyle Gecko
50-watt heat bulb
Low to none
Golden Gecko
50-watt heat bulb
Low to none
White Line Gecko
50-watt heat bulb
Low to none
Leopard Gecko
Under-tank heater
Low to none
Panther Gecko
50-watt heat bulb
Low to none
All Snakes
Under-tank heater
Low to none
Greek & Russian Tortoise
100 to 150-watt heat bulb
Desert (High)
Red Foot Tortoise
75 to 100-watt heat bulb
Tropical (Medium)
Tree Frog
50-watt heat bulb
Low to none
Pacman Frog
50-watt heat bulb
Low to none
Pixie Frog
50-watt heat bulb
Low to none
Chubby Frog
50-watt heat bulb
Low to none
Tomato Frog
50-watt heat bulb
Low to none
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