If you want to buy a lizard, you know that you need to also buy the right enclosure for them. However, you might not realize that you also need to provide lighting for your lizard. Lighting is essential to your lizard's health and welfare. You might think that ordinary light bulbs will provide all the lighting your lizard will need, but that's not the case. Your lizard will actually need access to UVB lighting in their enclosure. If you're not sure why your lizard needs special lighting, read the information provided below. Here are four reasons why you shouldn't cut corners on the lighting for your lizard. 

Increase Vitamin Production

Lizards require stable vitamin production to maintain good health. Vitamin D3 is one of those vitamins. Most people don't realize that lizards use vitamin D3 to metabolize calcium, which they also need for good health. Unfortunately, without exposure to UVB lights, lizards aren't able to receive the right amount of vitamin D3. In the wild, lizards will receive the UVB exposure they need for vitamin production. However, pet lizards don't have that access to natural light, which is where the added enclosure lighting comes into the picture. To keep your lizard healthy, add lighting to their enclosure. 

Maintain Day/Night Schedule

Lizards rely on the circadian cycle for good health and for proper breeding schedules. If you want to breed your lizard, you need to make sure that they stay on the right schedule. Unfortunately, that's difficult to do if your lizard doesn't have the right lighting. One of the benefits of adding UVB lighting is that you'll be able to help your lizard maintain their circadian rhythm, as well as their breeding schedule. 

Ensure Strong Immunity

Lizards are susceptible to disease and illness when their immune system is depleted. When lizards are in the wild, their exposure to the sun helps to boost their natural immune system. Unfortunately, without lighting, domesticated lizards aren't able to develop a healthy immune system. You can boost your lizard's immune system by including the right lighting in their enclosure. 

Protect Skin

Lizards need to be kept in a warm, dry environment. Too much moisture can lead to skin problems for your lizard. One way to protect your lizard's skin is to expose it to natural light at least once a day. However, you can also protect your lizard's skin by installing a UVB light source in their enclosure.

Contact a supplier of reptile lighting to learn more.