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Red and Black Light
Red and Black Light
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Jan 26 2020
08:07:27 AM
So, sugar gliders can't see red light? Well, they see the red light as a low intensity white light - they can see the light just not the color. If red light is used, it should be 'indirect' light (bounced off a wall or ceiling) to lessen the intensity...

Blacklight is another issue - apparently since it's UV, it depends on the intensity as to how much harm it can cause. Again, 'indirect' lighting is recommended if used, and use it only for very short durations (ie use a timer so it stays on only for an hour or less), and preferably use a very weak (ie 10W or less) LED type blacklighting, not the more intense mercury (used for heating reptiles) or fluorescent (bad for all animals and humans no matter what color) types.

Red laser can be used as a toy, but NEVER point it at the sugar glider - lasers are VERY harmful to eyes...
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Jan 26 2020
08:40:36 AM
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...also, fluorescent lighting 'strobes' at a high frequency which is one reason it is bad - your office/room should always have one incandescent (non-fluorescent) light in the room to counter that on/off harmful effect...
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Jan 27 2020
03:02:17 PM
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Noticed that when I use my infrared bulb at night on the timer for 1 hour, the sugar gliders will hide in their nest for that hour - obviously they see 'light' just not it's color.

SO, last night I switched to this Exo-Terra Night-Glo Moonlight 75W Lamp pointed at the ceiling. The bulb simulates natural moonlight to allow nocturnal viewing without disturbing the animal's day and night cycle. The light emitted is bluish due to the use of blue glass. The heat generated by the bulb is minimal but enough to help provide tropical night time temperatures, used typically for reptiles, and they LOVED IT! One kept reaching thru the bars at it like it was trying to check-out the new thing...


I've placed it on a 1 hour timer twice daily - 9PM and 5AM - when they're getting up and going to bed. They play gleefully while it's on

Edited by - BatGirl on Jan 27 2020 03:05:37 PM
Red and Black Light

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