I just bought a turtle a couple weeks ago i have a question about lighting i know i keep the uv light on when the sun is

Expert's Assistant chatimg
Customer: i just bought a turtle a couple weeks ago i have a question about lighting i know i keep the uv light on when the sun is out and off when it goes down. now what about the basking light? Do i ever turn it off is it safe to have both lights on at the same time
Answered by Anna in 3 hours 12 years ago
imglogo
Anna
30+ years of experience
logo

17,040 satisfied customers

Specialities include: Reptile Veterinary, Herp Veterinary, Exotic Animal Medicine, Amphibian Veterinary

Hello,

I'm sorry to see that no one has responded to your question earlier. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online and saw your question.

Yes, it's safe to have both lights on at the same time, and that's how it's best to handle it. however, I wouldn't follow the advice to have the UVB light on when the sun is out, and off when it isn't. If you live in the tropics where the day length is uniform all year round, that will work, but in most areas, it won't. During Northern winter hours, the sun may only be out 8 hours, and that is not enough UVB exposure for a turtle. The lights should be on for 12 to 14 hours per day, year round. The basking light primarily provides heat, and it's all right for the temperature to fall at night.

I think you may be concerned with overheating the turtle. A UVB light should put out almost no heat. Sometimes pet stores sell people DayGlo, daytime, full- spectrum, UV, or UVA bulbs. those bulbs are NOT the same thing as UVB, so make sure you were sold the proper lighting. UVB isn't measured in watts, but in output of UVB rays, such as 10.0 or 5.0. For a turtle, you'll want a 10.0.I recommend a Reptisun 10.0 in a straight tube. Coil UVB lights are not reliable and can be harmful to your turtle. UVB bulbs must be replaced every 6 months. They still look fine after that because they are putting out some visible light, but are producing almost no UVB rays at that point.

The basking light provides an area where the turtle can get out of the water, dry off, and bask in very warm light. It's primary purpose is to provide warmth, but it's important to use a digital probe thermometer to accurately measure temperatures. You don't want it too hot or too cold. The ambient air temperature in the tank should be around 75 (24*C) degrees, with the basking area warmer still. You need an ordinary incandescent bulb in the basking light. The basking area should be kept at 85-90 degrees (29 to 32*C). You can adjust the temperature by raising or lowering the light fixture. If your tank is small, set up the basking area at one end - you don't want the entire tank to become too warm. The lights that come with the covers on aquariums are not suitable for turtles. You'll also need a submersible aquarium heater that will keep the water 78-82 degrees (26 to 28*C).

Since you are a new turtle owner, you may want to look at this site for additional information on care and feeding. It is a reputable site.


http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Care/caresheet-red_ear_slider.htm


If you have more questions, just let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope you enjoy many years with your turtle.

Anna


Read less
unlike
0 Likes
logoBack
logologo
Anna
logo
logo
17,040 satisfied customers
logo
30+ years of experience
imglogo
Anna
+ years of experience
logo

17040 satisfied customers

Ellen

Ellen

Licensed veterinarians

31,131 satisfied customers

Pearl avatar
Pearl Wilson, Veterinarian's Assistant
116 Veterinarians are online right now.
Related Veterinary Questions
I think my baby red eared slider has MBD but im not sure.
1.16.2022
img
Dr. Ellen D.
Veterinarian
135 Satisfied Customers
My son has a water turtle. We have had it for years. For
9.2.2020
img
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
14,869 Satisfied Customers
I've had my turtle for more than 13 years and in that time
6.4.2020
img
Anna
Reptile Expert, Biologist
14,869 Satisfied Customers
I just acquired a small turtle won't open eyes. Closed eyes.
6.18.2018
img
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse
4,085 Satisfied Customers
I bought a painted turtle last week and he is not eating. He
11.19.2017
img
Joan
Veterinary Technician
9,649 Satisfied Customers
How it works
logoAsk for help, 24/7
Ask for help, 24/7
Members enjoy round-the-clock access to 12,000+ verified Experts, including doctors, lawyers, tech support, mechanics, vets, home repair pros, more.
logoExpert will respond in minutes
Expert will respond in minutes
After you reach out, we match you with an Expert who specializes in your situation. Talk, text, chat, whichever you prefer.
logoSave time & money
Save time & money
No scheduling hassles, missing time from work, or expensive consults.
A JustAnswer membership can save you significant time and money each month.
Sarahesq and 87 other Veterinarian specialists are ready to help you.
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.
Why you’ll love JustAnswer
JustAnswer is the best way to get expertise on-demand from doctors, lawyers, vets, mechanics and more. Since 2003, we’ve helped more than 9 million people in 196 countries and have an A+ rating with BBB and a 9.6/10 rating with TrustPilot.
Highly rated, verified Experts
We pride ourselves in our 8-step verification process including license and credential checks. Vetted by us and rated by customers, like you.
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal ...leave nothing to chance.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
JustAnswer, Professional Services  General, San Francisco, CA
Google reviews
TrustPilot Reviews