Rhino Iguana UVB Lighting & Rhino Iguana UV Light importance
Nothing replaces real sunlight no matter how great the lamps are. When possible it is very highly recommended to give your rhino iguana access to real sunlight, even if it is 1 hour a day or once a week during the warm days. You may need to have a portable or permanent outside enclosure like a mesh sunning cage. Juvenile rhino iguanas need a hot spot inside the enclosure that gets 41-42 ºC (106-108 ºF) with full spectrum UVB light and a cool side of the cage with ambient temp 26-29 ºC (80-85 ºF). They should spend some time thermo regulating in the hot zone as well as in the cool zone of the cage through the day.
Heat may not be needed during the night if the ambient temperatures don’t fall below 21 ºC (70 ºF). You can set the lights and heat to stay on automatically for 12 hours on and give them 12 hours of night time.
It’s important to comprehend temperature zoning in an enclosure where ventilation is paramount to establish the enclosure zoning. Enclosures such as tanks of box type with sliding glass door are very difficult to ventilate properly. Most off the shelf enclosures do not provide sufficient ventilation. Thus the enclosure will be near impossible to temperature-zone properly.
The caution is if the room is not heat/cool regulated, A. the enclosure must have alternate heat source, and B. A temperature controller to ensure when the room temperature rises beyond a certain point, the basking lamp and other heat generating sources must be turned off else the enclosure’s temperature will exceed what the iguana’s limits in rather a short period of time.