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Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 23 Jun 2013 02:26


Heard the strangest thing the other night on my FB group. Apparently people are using bird seed as substrate in their bearded dragon cages now. Apparently this idea came from Uromastyx keepers and has been transferred to beardie tanks now.

Apparently Millet is the *best* to use, but I've seen all types of seeds being used.

I'm not even sure if this is safe for them to use. I know that Uro's or at least some species eat seeds, but I'm not sure about Beardies.

I'm not sure how I feel about this, as I am not a fan of particulate substrate for my lizards. I know I won't be using this, but would like some in put if this is totally unacceptable or if this is on the "ok" list of substrates. I don't want people to be promoting this if it's frowned upon or unsafe.

jesse kooiman
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# Posted: 26 Jun 2013 03:00


I used millet when I had my beardies Sandy. I use it with my Uros, wouldn't use anything else, quite frankly. However, I feel any substrate can impact if the animal gets cool enough to interrupt natural digestive processes.

The millet pretty much passes right through undigested. I've seen them crack the seeds though, actively eating them.

I use White Proso Millet

I would use sand/earth mix, something like that, for say, Xenagama, or other little fossorial lizards that appreciate a bit of a humid burrow. Take it easy. JVK


jesse?
Sandy_Bear
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# Posted: 27 Jun 2013 18:51


Thanks Jesse

FwoGiZ
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1392 posts

# Posted: 18 Sep 2013 01:21


Problem with millet is it doesn't do like litter or sand... it let crap and pee thru so personally I don't like it, and am not even saying that it kinda look just wrong but maybe that's my vivaria enthusiast side coming out.
I use beach sand. Very different from playsand... if you take a microscope you'll notice beach sand is very tiny round pebbles while playsand or any sand from quarries pretty much is pointy.

Real beach sand makes bad sand castles, that's why they bring loads of quarry sand for sand castle contest.

Just imagine the rest in your tough beardie stomach.

Beach sand.. not the best, but overall, esthetic and safety, it the best thing for me.. I tong feed a lot too, everything but crickets.



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