All reptiles have a preferred body temperature (PBT) and their enclosure should provide both basking and cooler areas that have a temperature range of 2-30C either side of this PBT.


PBT (0C)

Scientific Name

Childrens Python

30 - 33

Anatresia childreni

Coastal Carpet Python

30 - 32

Morelia spilota variegata

Diamond Python

29 - 30

Morelia spilota spilota

Bearded Dragon

35 - 39

Pogona sp.

Eastern Snake-Necked Turtle

(long neck)


Chelodina longicollis

Murray River Turtle

(short neck)


Emydura macquarii

Blue Tongue Lizard

28 - 32

Tiliqua Scincoides

        Use a 40-75 watt blue light globe or infrared heatlamps in, or over, one end of the enclosure.

        A cool area, preferably at the far end away from the basking spot, should be provided to allow a temperature range within the enclosure. A lesser alternative is to have a sheltered area made from rocks and hollow logs.

        The use of heat rocks can cause skin burns and is not recommended.

        Heat mats may also cause skin burns and should be used with caution.

        A separate source of ultraviolet (UV) light, either through exposure to unfiltered, natural sunlight, or an artificial UV light will help prevent Vitamin D deficiency, and skin and bone disorders. Remember to replace the light regularly (every 3-6 months) as it will lose strength, even though the light still works.

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