Lighting for Reptiles & Amphibians

Light is an important aspect of keeping your pet reptile or amphibian healthy. In nature, reptiles and amphibians have evolved to take advantage of sunlight in many different ways, primarily as a source of heat and UVB radiation, both of which aid metabolic processes. In captivity, lighting is primarily used with three different goals in mind: to provide heat, to provide UVB radiation, or as lighting for a vivarium.





Heat Producing Lighting is an important aspect to keeping reptiles in captivity. Reptiles are ectothermic (aka cold-blooded), which means they are dependent on their environment for their heating and cooling needs. A basking spot, an area of elevated temperature in your pet’s enclosure, will allow the reptile to raise it’s body temperature, which facilitates digestion and activity levels. There are many different lighting products sold by Josh’s Frogs that will provide both light and heat to your pet reptile or amphibian.



UVB Lighting is very important for keeping captive reptiles healthy. Sunlight does not only provide a source of heat for many reptiles. It also provides an intense source of ultraviolet radiation in the 290 to 320nm range, commonly called UVB. Exposure to UVB, even for a short amount of time, allows reptiles, amphibians, and many other vertebrates to produce Vitamin D, which is vital for proper calcium absorption in the intestines.


Terrarium and Vivarium Lighting is vital to the success of a healthy reptile or amphibian pet. Vivaria, enclosures that contain both living animals and plants, are quickly growing in popularity. One of the more difficult aspects of keeping a vivarium is lighting. Lighting for vivaria is typically necessary just to keep the plants happy. There are 2 popular forms of vivarium lighting currently offered by Josh’s Frogs; LED and T5 lighting.


Light Fixtures and Timers. With the wide variety of lighting fixtures on the market, choosing the right one for your specific application can be difficult. Different fixtures are suitable for different types and wattages of bulbs. Josh’s Frogs offers a wide variety of light fixtures, ideally suited for the differing needs of your pet reptile.