Vitamin D3 is an essential thing of calcium Metabolism to the animals. If the reptile is lack of calcium, then, it may cause different kind of disease.
Though the reptile can get vitamin D3 by absorbing food, however, under the research, the D3 through the food, even the injection one, can’t replace what composed by skin with the sunlight.
Many of reptiles need the essential vitamin D3 that composed by skin to be grown healthily. So, they should grow in an environment with special wave ultraviolet, also known as UVB middle wave ultraviolet. Our reptile tube can emit this kind of special wave ultraviolet; however, the normal fluorescent tube didn’t contain the UVB, because it is absorbed by the glass cover. Therefore, this kind of tube must be designed and made by special glass, so that the secure part of UVA and UVB can go through the glass.
The reptile lamp, always known as UVB tube, is designed according to different demand of light of different kinds of animal and effective promote the animals growing and prevent disease. However, not all the reptile and amphibian need the same type of ultraviolet, for example, the amphibian lived in the light is different from the one in the day, and geographical locations and climates are also different( The rainforest is different from the tropics). So, it commonly divides into UVB2.0, 5.0 and 10.0.
UVB2.0 refers that the light from this kind of tube contains 2% of UVB, so UVB5.0 and 10.0 are the same as UVB2.0
UVB2.0: widely used in those reptiles are insensitive and less demands of light, and also will hurt their eyes with lots of UVB, for example: the Terrapin, the Cuora, the Frog and the Snake etc.
UVB5.0: widely used in those reptiles lived in the tropics and subtropics area, such as the green iguana and other kinds of iguana, the Elongated Tortoise, the star tortoise, the Radiated Tortoise , Geochelone Carbonaria etc.
UVB10.0: widely used in those reptiles lived in the tropics desert area, for the King Lizard, Leopard Tortoise, the African Spurred Tortoise and the Pogona vitticeps etc.