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 Post subject: Sand
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 9:54 am 
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Can bearded dragons live on calcium sand?


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 Post subject: Re: Sand
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:08 am 
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i wouldn't use it as your beardie would be at a higher risk of impaction, use childs play sand from argos £2.99 a 15kg bag, it's safer and alot cheaper

Also up until the age of 6 months keep them on kitchen roll, ceramic tiles, newspaper or reptile carpet :)

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 Post subject: Re: Sand
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:43 am 
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Everyone said not to use play sand?


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 Post subject: Re: Sand
PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:36 pm 
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Who's everyone? Under 6 months we tend to use kitchen paper as they are not very accurate at catching live food and sometimes get a mouthful of substrate. By 6 months they are hunting well and can go onto a different substrate, I've used a mix of sand and sandstone for years and never had any problems and playsand in the UK seems to cause no problems. Calcisand however has a reputation for being eaten quite avidly by many dragons and as it clumps when wet it has been known to cause impaction. So a preferred substrate would be 50% + of sandstone with the balance being dry playsand.

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 Post subject: Re: Sand
PostPosted: Thu Nov 17, 2011 5:43 pm 
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Play sand with ops did that fall off the rack sandstone slab got at a well know DIY outlet for 50p easy to clean and cheap as you like and looks realy good.
Break up the sand stone place in the viv leaving a digging place and add the playsand around the slabs, safe as the sand stone help prevent ingestion and also saves the cutting nail as wears them down natually.
I am sure Rick has say that the aussie dessert is not your average beach soft sand more like soft rock.
In my book that make everyone a winner

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