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Sand in enclosure

Postby Crazyoscar » Fri Jul 21, 2017 10:34 am

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My bearded dragon have sand in her enclosure and I have been reading how bad it is for them. She really likes to dig, should I take it out or keep it in because she likes it so much?
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Re: Sand in enclosure

Postby CooperDragon » Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:41 pm

The concern with sand is that if ingested, it can cause health issues. It can also harbor bacteria if it isn't cleaned thoroughly and often. I suggest using a solid substrate like non adhesive shelf liner or tile that is easy to clean and sanitize. Since she likes to dig, I would add some fleece scraps or small fleece blankets for her to dig around in. They are easy to clean in the washing machine and they are loopless so they won't get caught on her nails.
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Re: Sand in enclosure

Postby Crazyoscar » Fri Jul 21, 2017 3:38 pm

Could I put the fleece blankets with other clothes or by itself in the washer/dryer?
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Re: Sand in enclosure

Postby Gormagon » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:35 pm

Crazyoscar wrote:Could I put the fleece blankets with other clothes or by itself in the washer/dryer?

Since the washing process is basically a sanitizing method, yes you can wash it with other clothes!
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Re: Sand in enclosure

Postby Crazyoscar » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:20 am

Thank you. I am putting tiles in sometime this week.
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Re: Sand in enclosure

Postby CooperDragon » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:00 am

Yeah just be sure you use the dryer as well. The heat from the dryer will help kill bacteria from the wash cycle.
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Re: Sand in enclosure

Postby Drache613 » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:48 pm

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Re: Sand in enclosure

Postby charmander16 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:04 am

You can use sand, but it all depends on how it's done.

I have a separate dig box in my enclosure, and I feed our dragon in a no-escape dish (although we do sometimes put crickets loose in the enclosure as well).

If you keep the sand in a separate dig box and they aren't eating out of that area then it's not a problem. I like the dig box also because it's easy to remove, clean, change out, etc. I just use a 14"X10" plastic tub for the dig box and I'm building a wooden box to go around that for aesthetics. Sometimes our guy sleeps in the dig box.
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