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Mrsbongi

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I have a 5.0 UVB light. I live in Central Texas, very warm and humid. I have a 5mo Redfoot that I take outside in semi- shade for about 30 minutes a day. He loves eating our St. Augustine grass (no pesticides or herbicides added). Here's my question: How long do I leave his UVB light on during the day? Enclosure maintained around 85 to 90 with 80% humidity.
 

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I have a 5.0 UVB light. I live in Central Texas, very warm and humid. I have a 5mo Redfoot that I take outside in semi- shade for about 30 minutes a day. He loves eating our St. Augustine grass (no pesticides or herbicides added). Here's my question: How long do I leave his UVB light on during the day? Enclosure maintained around 85 to 90 with 80% humidity.
I'm not a keeper of RFs, so anyone that keeps them and says otherwise should carry more weight than my ideas here. 5.0 bulbs produce very little UV. If that is the only light source for daytime, I'd leave it on all day when the tortoise is inside.
 

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I'm not a keeper of RFs, so anyone that keeps them and says otherwise should carry more weight than my ideas here. 5.0 bulbs produce very little UV. If that is the only light source for daytime, I'd leave it on all day when the tortoise is inside.
Thank you. I was told 5.0 for forest torts and 10 for desert torts. Lots of conflicting info for newbies. Lol
 

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I think your RF won’t need UV lighting if outside even in indirect sunlight. I’ll let one of the more experienced RF peeps answer. Sidenote: I am close by in FW! 😀
 

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You may be providing adequate UV just in the time your little guy is outdoors.
But I'd also leave your UV lamp on for 12 hours for a natural daytime/nighttime cycle. That light will be all the light you'll need.
A 5.0 isnt going to give off too much UVB. So, since you have it. Use it.
You'll be fine.
 

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You may be providing adequate UV just in the time your little guy is outdoors.
But I'd also leave your UV lamp on for 12 hours for a natural daytime/nighttime cycle. That light will be all the light you'll need.
A 5.0 isnt going to give off too much UVB. So, since you have it. Use it.
You'll be fine.
Thank you. That makes sense.
 

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30 minutes a day outside is plenty. You could get rid of the uvb bulb completely inside and just use a regular light instead.
 
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