So annoying little trend I’ve noticed at my Petco, and I’m not sure how common it is online but I wanted to post this just in case
Bearded Dragons NEED UVB lighting. Period. End of story. If you don’t have one, get one, because without it they CANNOT absorb calcium and will steal it from their own bones.
I adopted a beardie who had been kept without one and she had head shakes, severely atrophied muscles, and limited range of motion, not to mention mouth rot and other issues. She died at an eighth of her natural life span, with medicine and other care. Not to mention she was probably in lots of pain from having stunted growth.
The same goes for other reptiles. One leopard gecko some one brought to me hadn’t had uvb or calcium ( or much food at all for that matter) had a curved spine and bent legs and toes.
This is a trend that would easily be remidied with research and not impulse buying reptiles. PLEASE get uvb. Learn about these animals because they rely on you for their health.