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Hello reptile people! I have a question about sand and reptiles. I know that they don’t mix, and I know about impaction but is there anything else that makes sand the wrong choice of substrate? I’m not thinking of housing mine on sand, but I’m asking due to an argument that I was drawn into yesterday. I’m going to tag a few of you here at the bottom of this post and I hope that’s ok. Feel free to tag others if need be.
This person was talking about leopard geckos specifically (but I’m willing to know any information on any animals if at all possible) since they’re originally from the desert climate of Pakistan. I told them about impaction because I know that’s a big deal and can kill an animal. They brought up the fact that they’re originally from Pakistan and would be used to sand and I said “Well, maybe the wild caught/wild bred ones but not the captive bred ones. If you go to any reputable breeder they won’t have them on sand.” Then they brought up how over time the animals would have evolved to deal with the sand when they occasionally ate it, and that’s when I left the conversation due to not having anymore information to add to the argument. Even though I was beaten, I still feel like I did the right thing by saying that sand is not good for them, or any reptile, to my knowledge.
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If anyone can shed some light on this I’d be forever grateful. ❤
Tell them to google a picture of leopard gecko natural habitat. They prefer to live on rock outcroppings. So no, you were not beaten, they just believe a desert means sand, when in reality the majority of deserts are just rocky, arid land.
But sand also holds bacteria more than almost any other substrate, making it extremely dirty and hard to clean. Sand can be ok, and even good to a certain extent for certain species, but no captive reptile should be kept exclusively on sand. That is just asking for complications. ((for example: large particulate sand, combined with eco earth or larger pieces of gravel can make for a decent burrowing substrate for burrowing species of reptile. Small particulate sand, looking at you calcisand, is a big no-no in my book.))
This picture, although for dairy cattle reference, gives you a good example of particulate sizes in sand. I advise against going smaller than the third picture and below it and also that is one does use sand to combine it with another substrate so that the rick of sand impaction is lowered.
taking picture of snake with thing on his head: a sneak peek at the perilous process
booping snakes: endless fun
After packing away two mice yesterday Artemis’ fat belly is making it difficult for her to sleep with her head in the entrance to her hide. Check out that smooshed snoot!
Locust house! This is how I keep my locusts for my Beardie. I buy two prepacked boxes which equates to the number of locusts shown, per week for him. He eats 3 to 5 every other day and has spinach and water cress every day, with mineral and calcium supplements dusted on the greens.
The locusts have a calcium food pot (a jelly which I buy at the local reptile specialist store) and a water sponge which I freshen during the week with new water though they get hydration from the jelly too. The enclosure is usually meant for crickets but the store said locusts would do fine in it too, it has two trapdoors on either side to insert opaque gathering things (the long black stick in the picture!) where the locusts can hop in to hide, but also to collect a few for depositing in the tank more easily. It’s well ventilated and I keep them down in the cool, dry area below my python, in the same unit as her.
In my opinion, well cared for feeders make for a well cared for dragon! So I try and give my bugs a good life before they’re eaten. It’s only fair!
heh heh heh …