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  • 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.

    Thanks!!

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    Sand
    31.03%
    9
    Calcium Sand
    6.90%
    2
    Lizard Litter (ground walnuts)
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    Pebbles
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    0
    Cage Carpet
    0.00%
    0
    Plaster/Tile
    17.24%
    5
    Other
    41.38%
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    I use plain old computer printer paper.
    -Adam
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    • #3
      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!)
      Last edited by RangerGrrl; 10-11-2006, 10:29 PM. Reason: typo
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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          Keep Babies on Papertowel/newspaper and then you can switch over to sand when they become adults.
          Derek Dunlop
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          • #6
            i kept babies on sand and adults on sand

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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                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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                • #9
                  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.
                  ~Christa~
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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      I use non adhesive shelf liner, its super cheap, can be washed in the washing machine, looks nice and is totally safe.
                      ~Waldo is a girl~

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                      • #12
                        I forgot to mention that one in my post. lol
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                        0.2.0 Marbled Crayfish
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                        • #13
                          textured ceramic tiles from lowes are a great way to go. You can get ones that resemble sand if you like the sand look. Their easy to clean.
                          ~Colleen~

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                          • #14
                            I agree with ReptileChick. All of the particle substrates are a BIG no no. With my guys I have used the non-adhesive shelf liner and it works awesome! Super easy to clean and it doesn't look too shabby either. I've used slate tile as well but it's a little harder to clean, and seemed to absorb the smell a little more, but it looked really nice.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ReptileChick View Post
                              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.
                              I kept my female berdie on walnut shells for about 10 years.From baby to adult.Perfectly fine.Ive heard of berdies chewing on news paper and dieing from that.So its just as big of a risk;

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