Do All Snakes Need UV Lighting

by Wokeepet

Suppose you’re a snake lover or a snake parent. In that case, you’re probably familiar with providing a special kind of lighting for your pet—UV lighting. But do all snakes need this type of light? In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance (or lack thereof) of UV lighting and other essential elements in keeping your pet happy and healthy.

Snakes Need UV Lighting

What is UV Light?

UV light stands for “ultraviolet light.” It is a form of energy that comes from the sun and can also be found in artificial lighting.

The purpose of UV light is to provide reptiles with an environment similar to what they would experience in their natural habitat. This includes providing them with UVA and UVB rays, essential for metabolizing calcium and maintaining healthy bones, scales, and skin.

Do All Snakes Require UV Lighting?

The short answer is no—not all snakes require UV lighting. Certain species, such as Corn Snakes, Kingsnakes, Rat Snakes, Milk Snakes, Garter Snakes, and Ball Pythons, do not need UV lighting as they do not have strong enough eyes to take advantage of it. However, certain species do require it. These include Boas and Pythons (other than Ball Pythons), Bearded Dragons and some other lizards (like Iguanas), African Fat-tailed Geckos, and Uromastyx Lizards.

How Do You Know if Your Snake Needs UV Lighting?

It’s important to know what type of snake you have before setting up its enclosure. Research your species’ natural habitat to see whether it requires sunlight or artificial UV light to thrive in captivity.

Suppose your pet needs extra help getting enough exposure to sunlight or extra vitamin D3 supplementation due to living full-time indoors. In that case, it may benefit from having additional artificial ultraviolet light sources available inside its enclosure during daylight hours (approximately 8-12 hours per day).

Additionally, many veterinarians recommend using full spectrum fluorescent bulbs for all reptiles as part of their overall husbandry plan even if their species does not technically need ultraviolet radiation because these bulbs can still provide beneficial visual stimulation for the snake while helping them better regulate body temperature when necessary.


In conclusion, not all snakes require ultraviolet lighting, but many species could benefit from it if they live indoors full-time or have limited access to sunlight due to environmental factors outside their control.

It’s essential to research the natural habitat requirements for your particular snake species before deciding whether or not they need additional artificial ultraviolet light sources in their enclosure during daylight hours as well as full spectrum fluorescent bulbs for visual stimulation purposes even if their species does not technically need ultraviolet radiation. Ultimately, you can only decide what is best for your pet based on its individual needs!

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