Evidence-Based Reptile Housing and Nutrition

Dennis Oonincx*, Jeroen van Leeuwen

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The provision of a good light source is important for reptiles. For instance, ultraviolet light is used in social interactions and used for vitamin D synthesis. With respect to housing, most reptilians are best kept pairwise or individually. Environmental enrichment can be effective but depends on the form and the species to which it is applied. Temperature gradients around preferred body temperatures allow accurate thermoregulation, which is essential for reptiles. Natural distributions indicate suitable ambient temperatures, but microclimatic conditions are at least as important. Because the nutrient requirements of reptiles are largely unknown, facilitating self-selection from various dietary items is preferable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)885-898
JournalVeterinary Clinics of North America - Exotic Animal Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Enrichment
  • Nutrition
  • Reptiles
  • Ultraviolet light
  • Vitamin D
  • Welfare
  • 017-4031

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