In essence:It's quite a long read. Hopefully someone will summarize.
Thanks for the summary; the graphics are great but the text could use some minor proofreading. Nonetheless, these are important points for serious tortoise keepers and vets. This is why I'm glad to get my tort out in natural sunlight as much as possible. I'm hoping to employ a greenhouse type of structure for him in our next house.In essence:
- There is not a long history of using artificial light and heat sources for reptiles, and many products on the market for this purpose were designed for other uses (household lighting, paint drying, etc.) and not optimized for reptiles
- When tortoises bask under natural sunlight, their bodies heat up evenly throughout
- When tortoises bask under artificial sources, the heating is uneven and concentrated at the top of the shell. Basking long enough to warm their extremities can cause burns or heat damage at the top of the shell
- Artificial sources are more drying than natural sunlight