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Posted by chimbakka on April 11, 2003 at 17:50:52:
In Reply to: Re: Can you help? posted by Carlton on April 11, 2003 at 16:57:56:
Hello. I'm glad to hear that you want to do something about this! If more pet stores had employees like you, there would be a lot fewer neglected animals in the world!
I don't really have much experience with chams. I have a small fercifer pardalis, and have spent many hours researching their care online. I also have read a bit about pygmy chams, as I am thinking of getting one in the future.
Out of all of the care sheets I have read, not one includes sand.
Also, even for non aboreal species, such as pygmy leaf chams, you still do not use sand. You put different layers on the bottom (gravel, substrate, leaves/moss), but not sand. Also, sand does not dry out as other substrates used for pygmy chams, and this could lead to a bacterial problem. While other lizzards may not have a problem with this, chams are more sensitive to the problems that bacteria bring with them.
JUST SAY NO TO SAND!
PS, suggest that they read an updated book or a few websites to further their knowledge in chams. There may be more they are suggesting to customers that is wrong.