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    What to use on floor of enclosure

    Hi guys,
    I'm about to redo my adults enclosures and wondered what to put on the floor? I've been using the synthetic turf from Bunnings. Should I continue with that or change to something else?

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    You can't go wrong with their natural substrate; SAND !! think about it,they come from the desert, what is the desert made of? You have a choice of red sand from the pet shop @ $20+ for 5kg or white sand from the hardware shop @$7 for 20 kg,they both have their drawbacks,red sand stains them red but white sand also dulls their colours.( my yellow beardy looks red but my colourful leatherback looks dull).
    Also real substrate is easier to clean than fake,you just scoop the poop.
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    I've been toying with the idea of using sand again. Might head to Bunnings tomorrow!

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    If you get the washed play sand, remember to let it dry out first otherwise you risk RI (respiratory infection) a beardies worst nightmare
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    I use a mixture . Sand under the hammock, fake turf (and the good shit samples rather than cheap shit from Bunnings haha) under the cave and a nice little 20 x 20 concrete paver half buried in the sand - in a high traffic area so he does walk over it a bit and he slithers over it to get in under the hammock. I think it helps keep his pores tidy but not sure. Either way, figured it doesn't hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rendalyn View Post
    I use a mixture . Sand under the hammock, fake turf (and the good shit samples rather than cheap shit from Bunnings haha) under the cave and a nice little 20 x 20 concrete paver half buried in the sand - in a high traffic area so he does walk over it a bit and he slithers over it to get in under the hammock. I think it helps keep his pores tidy but not sure. Either way, figured it doesn't hurt.
    I don't use astro turf but for those who do ,be aware there are 2 types; 1 has loops , this type should be avoided as beardies claws can get caught and cause injuries.
    The concrete paver is probably not a bad idea,you need something rough to wear down the claws otherwise they grow too big and cause foot problems. Another reason for not having the entire floor covered in astro turf or paper .This is why we always advise rocks and logs to climb over. If you have ever seen dragons with long claws you would see the need .
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    Yeah, definitely no loops and I watched for ages to make sure he wasn't trying to eat it too. I need a new branch for inside but the big rock and thick piece of bark out in the outdoor sunning cage gets a workout a few times a week. I think his claws are a little longer than they should be but not bad, will make it a priority to get out next weekend and find that branch!

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    Bunnings sand for majority of mine, stone mat for under his food & feeding bowls to eliminate accidental sand intake.
    No issues whatsoever, have seen him taste test the sand a couple of times, then never since

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    Dragons are smart enough to know not to eat the ground cover. Most people with problems do not have proper husbandry:- namely the heat isn't right or improper UV.
    If proper husbandry is maintained there will be NO problems with sand. In about 20 years of keeping dragons I have never had an impaction.
    Most of the bad reports come from the US where they think beardies are tropical or they use calci sand. Both are wrong ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonlover1 View Post
    Dragons are smart enough to know not to eat the ground cover. Most people with problems do not have proper husbandry:- namely the heat isn't right or improper UV.
    If proper husbandry is maintained there will be NO problems with sand. In about 20 years of keeping dragons I have never had an impaction.
    Most of the bad reports come from the US where they think beardies are tropical or they use calci sand. Both are wrong ideas.
    And these days, the walnut shell too. Won't use playsand because it's the devil (I do agree most are too inexperienced or too damned lazy to be trusted with sand anyway) but will happily use calci sand or walnut shell because it's not sand...

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