Are Red Lights Bad For Snakes Eyes?

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When it comes to snakes there are a lot of myths and misconceptions out there. One of the most common questions we get asked is whether or not red lights are bad for snakes eyes. So are red lights bad for snakes eyes?

The answer is a bit complicated. On the one hand red light doesn’t penetrate the eye as deeply as other colors of light so it’s less likely to cause damage. On the other hand red light is more likely to trigger the snake’s “flight or fight” response which can be stressful and dangerous.

So what’s the bottom line? We recommend avoiding red lights with snakes unless you are using them for a specific purpose (like heating the snake’s enclosure). If you do need to use red light make sure to do so sparingly and carefully.

What Are The Benefits Of Red Light?

So if red light isn’t good for snakes why is it used so often in snake enclosures? There are actually a few reasons.

First red light is less likely to disturb the snake’s natural day/night cycle. Snakes are most active at night so using red light during the day can help them feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Second red light can be used to heat the snake’s enclosure. This is especially helpful for snakes that are native to cooler climates.

Lastly red light can be used to help the snake shed its skin. This is because red light helps to loosen the old skin making it easier for the snake to shed.

What Are The Risks Of Red Light?

As we mentioned before red light can trigger the snake’s “flight or fight” response. This is because red light is associated with danger in the snake’s natural environment.

When the “flight or fight” response is triggered the snake’s heart rate and blood pressure increase and it may start to experience anxiety and stress. In some cases this can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Another risk of red light is that it can cause damage to the snake’s eyes. This is because red light penetrates the eye more deeply than other colors of light.

Lastly red light can make it difficult for the snake to see. This is because the red light is not as bright as other colors of light so it can cause the snake’s pupils to constrict.

How To Use Red Light Safely

If you do need to use red light with your snake there are a few things you can do to help reduce the risks.

First make sure to use red light sparingly. Only use it when absolutely necessary and never leave the snake in red light for more than a few hours at a time.

Second keep the light at a low intensity. This will help reduce the risk of damage to the snake’s eyes.

Lastly make sure the snake has a way to escape the red light if it feels stressed or uncomfortable. This could be a hiding spot or an escape route.

Conclusion

So are red lights bad for snakes eyes? The answer is a bit complicated. Red light can be helpful in some situations but it can also be risky. We recommend using red light sparingly and carefully to help reduce the risks.