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bedding for bearded dragon

Postby jsm5010 » Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:57 pm

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Is it ok to use nature bark reptile bedding for bearded dragons I was using the crushed walnut it had to go.
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Re: bedding for bearded dragon

Postby Fogles » Mon Dec 29, 2008 3:59 pm

I'm almost 100% sure it's fine. The rep shop I got my dragon from used nature bark reptile bedding, it's fine.
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Re: bedding for bearded dragon

Postby Elora » Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:17 pm

i think that the best substrate for bearded dragons, especially when they are young is tile or the non stick shelf liner. (the kind without holes) I wouldnt trust that bark bedding. one of the most common ways that pet bearded dragons die is of impaction. I just dont trust lose substrate. it can get into their food when they are eating. I guess if you feed your dragon outside of the cage and it is an adult it would lessen the risk. It just a risk i wouldn't take. It seems that it would be hard to know for sure that you got all the poop out when he poops. non stick shelf liner is non absorbent (the kind without holes) and the poop just wipes right off if you catch it early before it dries.

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Re: bedding for bearded dragon

Postby RedHandFilms » Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:24 am

No bark. That's a bad idea. If they happen to swallow a piece, then it would rip up their insides. Just imagine what a proportionately sized piece would do if YOU ate it. Stick with non particle substrate. My vote is always for tile.
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Re: bedding for bearded dragon

Postby herpfreak » Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:58 am

Agreed. Loose substrate is hazardous. I'm using tile, which is pretty easy to clean; take out the soiled piece and wash it off. However, I put newspaper underneath in case anything leaks in between the tiles...

Tiles also hold heat well.

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Re: bedding for bearded dragon

Postby mojo505 » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:11 am

how do you treat the tile before it goes in? bleach solution and oven bake?
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Re: bedding for bearded dragon

Postby herpfreak » Tue Dec 30, 2008 11:17 am

mojo505 wrote:how do you treat the tile before it goes in? bleach solution and oven bake?


I put mine in a 1 to 10 bleach/water solution in the bathtub for 5 hours or so.

Make sure to rinse well!
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Re: bedding for bearded dragon

Postby mojo505 » Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:49 pm

thank you much!
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