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Thread: Just got a TON of elk antlers. Has anyone ever used them in enclosures?

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    Default Just got a TON of elk antlers. Has anyone ever used them in enclosures?

    Obviously I plan to sterilize the ones that I use, in the oven at a low temp for a few hours. I'm just wondering if anyone has any personal experiences with them. Ever had any problems? If so what? I also just wanted to share it because I thought it was a cool idea and thought some of you guys who have trouble finding a piece of wood big enough for the 40 gallon might appreciate the tip. Antlers can certainly be bought at over 36 inches long, unlike most manzanita and ghostwood. Its also pretty cheap if you go on ebay and etsy. WAY cheaper than ghostwood. I'd LOVE to see pictures of your tanks, fellow antler-users!

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    My concern would be the tips- even if they aren’t sharp, they can still harm if not kill your gecko if she lands the right way on them. So you’ll definitely have to cover them somehow (great stuff should work) or place it where the tips are on the bottom of the enclosure. Also I would be concerned if they aren’t actually real antlers... usually you should be able to tell if they’re real or fake, but be careful. And yes, definitely bake them.
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    Sounds like a good idea! Are they prone to molding in humidity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAD View Post
    Sounds like a good idea! Are they prone to molding in humidity?
    They are not prone to molding that I know of. I've been keeping one in an extra enclosure and misting it daily and so far there are no problems.

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    Can you tell me where you got them from? I've looked on eBay and Etsy, and am not finding any that are very inexpensive, except very small ones, or ones cut up for dog chews.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TAD View Post
    Can you tell me where you got them from? I've looked on eBay and Etsy, and am not finding any that are very inexpensive, except very small ones, or ones cut up for dog chews.
    I got them from this seller: https://www.etsy.com/shop/revampwood...ms-count#items

    As you can see, he has really reasonable prices for big stuff, even for moose antlers. If you message him and tell him how you want to use it you might even get a discount. If it's still not cheap enough, I can send you one of the big ones I got (I ordered 1, got 6 of various sizes) that I got if you paypal me the shipping cost. Consider it a thank you for all your good advice over the ast year. I've learned so much from your posts.

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    Another thing you can do is message the people who sell them as dog chews and ask them not to cut them up. THey probably have tons lying around and think they'll only be able to sell them as dog chews. Tell them you'll pay extra shipping costs and I bet you could find a really cheap one that's of good quality.

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