View Poll Results: What substrate do you use?

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  • Sand

    9 31.03%
  • Calcium Sand

    2 6.90%
  • Lizard Litter (ground walnuts)

    1 3.45%
  • Pebbles

    0 0%
  • Cage Carpet

    0 0%
  • Plaster/Tile

    5 17.24%
  • Other

    12 41.38%
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Thread: What substrate do you use w/your Beardies?

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    Default What substrate do you use w/your Beardies?

    Ok, I'm wondering what kind of substrate you guys have had the best luck with in your Beardie cages. Right now I have a baby, but I'm more interested in what you keep your adult beardies in.

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    I use plain old computer printer paper.
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    When we had our beardies, we kept them on newspaper when they were young. Then we kept them on newspaper because they were under long-term quarantine. We always planned to put them back on sand, or at least give them a cat litter box with sand to dig in, when they got older and were no longer contagious.

    The Bearded Dragon Manual, by de Vosjoli, Mailloux, et al. from Advanced Vivarium Systems is great; if you lived closer I'd just loan it to you. We used it as our main resource and the vet always said that it was evident our husbandry was excellent. (Sad to say, the vet saw the beardies a LOT, because I bought them with resistant strains of 3 different parasites.)

    Sorry to ramble; I find beardies tremendously personable and we still miss Titan a lot. (Even Adam's TV watching, hand-eating dragon is fun!)
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    Quoting my last bit, I keep Cowboy Girl (adult female) on vinal shelf paper, it's super easy to clean, looks nice and there is no chance of impaction.

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    Keep Babies on Papertowel/newspaper and then you can switch over to sand when they become adults.
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    i kept babies on sand and adults on sand

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    I have done sand in the past an do for adults. I find news paper as a quick clean up for babies.
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    Every substrate has it good and bad points. It's all in what works best for you. I love newspaper for the dragons. It is easy to clean, and doesn't retain smell. It looks rather ugly though. Josh

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    I keep mine on either paper towels or newspaper.
    But I'm thinking of adding some thing for them to dig in... I'm just to worried about impaction.
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    Calci sand is a no no in the beardie world...walnut shells as well...best idea is no paritcle subtrates. No risk of impaction or anything and WAY easier to clean.

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