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    Cool Can I use Sticks from outside or do I have to buy them?

    Is it OK if I collect Sticks and Rocks from outside for my Terrarium or do I have to buy them in stores?
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    Yea it's fine to take sticks and rocks from outside as long as you sanitize them. Rocks are easy to sanitize but the sticks should be put in a 200-250 degree oven for an hour or soak them in a bleach solution. Just make sure you know what kind of wood you're using and make sure it's gecko safe. I prefer maple because I think it looks nice with the bark stripped off and it's safe.
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    It's fine, so long as you throughly clean them before hand. You can either gently boil them, from what I've heard, or do what I do. Which is to soak and wash them in a 9 parts water, 1 part vinegar solution. Just so you don't bring any bacteria or mites into your critter's enclosure.

    I also personally suggest making sure any sticks you get aren't too terribly pointed. Cresties love to jump and I'm sure they could hurt themselves on a stick that was too sharp if they landed wrong.
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    I cut down a orange tree in my backyard, i soaked them in HOT HOT water overnight then let me bake in the sun for a day, Been in the cage for almost a year, no mold or issues, just clean them well and watch for mold
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    i just stick the branches in the oven for a while, of course dont walk away just in case something burns, and then i wash them off just in case. by doing this way you can make your house smell nice lol

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    It should be fine if you thoroughly clean them first. Also, if you're having mold problems, I'd suggest painting them with beeswax, that pretty much takes care of things.
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    Another option is sticking them in the freezer for around 24 hours

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    I leave them in my hot car for a few days to kill the creepy crawlies. Or freezer +1

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    I found some Ash driftwood at the lake, one is really twisty and one is kinda flat. I soaked then baked and now I am smoothing a couple of rough spots. I also found a large flat rock that I think will be perfect for a center piece in my adult tub for my crestie. Going to nature can work as long as you are careful. I had an awesome driftwood piece for my beardie that I found when a local creek was dried. After treating it never molded and she loved it until she got to be 15 inches then it was a little small for her. Free is your friend lol!

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    You can always put them in the fridge for 48 hours and that should do the trick but all of these suggestions are great that is if you dont have a big fridge to stuf things in

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