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Posted by rowad on April 27, 2003 at 06:04:28:
In Reply to: What about sand as a substrate.......... posted by crazydago18 on April 26, 2003 at 20:56:30:
:If i keep the humidity high by a few sprays a day. The sand i have is play sand that says safe for pets. You think this is fine?
there are several reason why I would not use sand...especially playsand. Bert at Agama does not use it because sand can cave in on the tegu, unlike other substrates...playsand is something I researched in great detail for my children and another pet who's cage called for sand and for that pet I chose marine sand...for my children the ONLY safe playsand is Southdown or Yardrite sold at home depot. The other sands are made from silica, which has been proven to cause bad breathing problems and lung disorders...it is manmade, and I don't trust it due to the studies I have read.
If you choose playsand at all go find the ones I named as they are natural and do not contain silicia...another reason why I feel it is not a good choice for a tegu is that they require a somewhat moist sleeping space within their substrate...wet sand within an enclosure of any kind is also a breeding ground for bacteria.
Cypress and other substrates (like forrest bed) have tannin which acts as bacterial agent.