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Old 08-05-2009, 09:48 PM
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Cool How long do you need uv lights for tortoise's?

Hey just another of my questions on keeping my tort in great condition.

ok how long do tortoise's need a U.V light for. some people say forever some just say till they are bigger. idk =/ mmm

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Old 08-05-2009, 09:51 PM
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ok how long do tortoise's need a U.V light for. some people say forever some just say till they are bigger. idk =/ mmm
They need it all the time if they are kept indoors. However, as they soon as they go outside permenately, then you don't need it anymore.

Edit - Clarification: Tortoises need UV if they don't have access to sunlight, regardless of age.
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Old 08-05-2009, 10:55 PM
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My lights when tortoises are inside go on at seven thirty in the morning and go off about four thirty when they are asleep. Mostly they are asleep before the lights go off. This is during the Spring and Autumn and inside. The rest of the year my tortoises are outside 24/7.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:01 PM
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They need UV light throughout their life. Otherwise they can't produce vitamin D which means they can't absorb their calcium properly.

Whoever the people are who say they only need it until they are bigger, they are misinformed and likely to end up with a sick/deformed tortoise.
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Meant to say, this doesn't have to be from a bulb, if they get full sunlight, that's OK. But whenever they're indoors, UV bulbs are a must.
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The question was how long do they need UV lights on for.
Which during the day they need them on from early morning until they sleep. Meds dont need heat or UV at night.
They do need UV to survive, but they get far better UV in bright light outside than they do with any artificial UV lights we can provide.
So when you can put them out do so, even if its not sunny, but warm out. They are in their element when outside.
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this probably sounds stupid but do they still get uv if they are in the shade in their outdoor enclosure?
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The question was how long do they need UV lights on for.
Which during the day they need them on from early morning until they sleep. Meds dont need heat or UV at night.
They do need UV to survive, but they get far better UV in bright light outside than they do with any artificial UV lights we can provide.
So when you can put them out do so, even if its not sunny, but warm out. They are in their element when outside.
Read the question again!

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'some people say forever some just say till they are bigger'

There's not a lot of forever, and they don't grow much bigger in a day!
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this probably sounds stupid but do they still get uv if they are in the shade in their outdoor enclosure?
All daylight contains UV. They get more obviously, if they're in direct sun, but will get some if they are outside in daylight.
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Bright light and no sun can still give off more UV than our artificial lights.
They need UV to survive. Or die without.
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