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 Post subject: buying a beardie
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:34 am 
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Been to see the breeder that i am buying my beardie off,they are 6-8 inches long and are living on a sand substrate already, so when i bring it home do i put it straight onto sand or paper towel?

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 Post subject: Re: buying a beardie
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:50 am 
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Alot of breeders/shops do keep them on sand at a young age. But it really would be best to keep it on kitchen roll untill atleast 6months (or ceramic tiles of some sort).Your life would allso be alot easier as you can just replace the sheet of kitchen roll when it goes to the toilet which is often when young,it shall allso prevent potential impaction (eating sand) as this will most likley happen often as they can miss the live feed and get a mouth full of sand.So kitchen roll would benefit on both behalfs and increase the beardies target practising aswell as being alot safer :D

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 Post subject: Re: buying a beardie
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2011 12:59 am 
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ok kitchen towel it is then thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: buying a beardie
PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:37 pm 
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If you have the temps and everything else in the environment spot on you can keep babies on sand as any they swallow will pass through the digestive tract properly. But you really have to have everything else 100% correct. That's why experienced breeders may use sand, as they know what they are doing.

But for the rest of us sand presents a low risk - for the same of a few months wait (and after all, sand is there for your sake, not the beardie's) it's really not worth putting sand in until six months of age.

The point is though, don't think it's a bad breeder if they use sand - it's could well be they are very good and know what they are doing.

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