Zoo Med Lighting Training Course

Course 03: Lighting
Lighting is an essential part of reptile keeping, but can get confusing. This course will help you understand the various aspects of reptile lighting, their importance, and how to choose what lighting options are most suitable for each animal.
Module 1 Intro to Lighting
Introduction to reptile lighting
Unit 1 Intro to Reptile Lighting
Module 2 UVA
While people cannot see UVA, most reptiles are equipped with a fourth cone in the retina that allows them to sense this portion of light. UVA is essentially another color that these animals can see that has reactions with the environment providing important visual cues pertaining to food and other animals.
Unit 1 UVA
Module 3 UVB
UVB is part of the natural spectrum produced by the sun. Many animals (most reptiles and birds) are able to utilize UVB to manufacture their own Vitamin D3. While some species are able to get Vitamin D3 from their diet (like snakes that eat whole prey items such as mice) most insectivores and herbivores must make D3 of their own. in this module, learn about UVB, why animals need it, and how it can be provided for pets.
Unit 1 Intro to UVB
Unit 2 Choosing a UVB Source
Unit 3 Testing UVB
Module 4 Visible Light
Visible lighting refers to the light that humans can see. Visible light plays an important role in the health and well-being of reptiles in a few different ways. As discussed in the UVA course, reptiles have excellent color vision. Visible light is an essential component of a reptile habitat to ensure that these animals are seeing correctly.
Unit 1 Visible Light
Module 5 Photoperiod
A Photoperiod is the amount of time each day that a plant or animal is exposed to light. In nature, the Sun provides a natural photoperiod each day. In nature, this time is different in different parts of the world and different times of year. There is a lot of information that reptiles can get from the light around them such as the time of day (Morning, afternoon, dusk...) and time of year (season). With this information, animals can decide when it is time to hunt, eat, bask, breed, nest, hibernate (brumate) and more.
Unit 1 Photoperiod