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Has Anyone Tried the Excavator Substrate? I'm Thinking About Trying It With My Bearded Dragons….?

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  1. mysikduk
    September 3rd, 2010 at 09:35 | #1

    Dont use it dude. It has a ton of chemicals in it that could harm your BD.

  2. Terry R
    September 3rd, 2010 at 09:35 | #2

    I have always used either sand or Repti Carpet. I have never heard of excavator subtrate.

  3. ReptilesRULE9999
    September 3rd, 2010 at 09:35 | #3

    being a bearded dragon ownner myself prefer sand . i think it is the best because it is like there natural envirment and it is much easier to clean. for example it dosen’t cake onto the cage and if your lizards poops you can get a sifter and easily get it out without fully cleaning the cage. Also it keeps very warm during the day(just the right temp. for the lizard) and when its cold (at night w/ out a light) It stays at about an average temp. plus they DO NOT need to dig they normally bask… hope i helped!!!!!!

  4. homeschoolhorses
    September 3rd, 2010 at 09:35 | #4

    What in the world is an excavator substrate?!

  5. TroubleMakin Reptiles Rescue
    September 3rd, 2010 at 09:35 | #5

    Check out this sheet on impaction before deciding for sure:
    http://www.beardeddragon.org/articles/impaction
    I don’t use particle substrates on any of our reptiles in the rescue, it is not worth the risk of impaction. I have, however made a lay box for one of our females with the excavator clay when she was about to lay her eggs this year. I hated it, honestly! It leaves a red residue in the habitat, and makes a mess everywhere!!! The clay gets in their spikes and in between scales. It also hardens when it gets wet, I had a problem with her digging, then drinking, and it caked up her nostrils, then dried hard, and she was breathing out of her mouth, we had to dig it all out of her nose! I was dissapointed in it, personally. Her habitat still has a red residue from it. It stains clothes, and your hands when you try to clean it.

    As far as substrates in general, I use shelf liner for all the beardies. It is washable and reusable. All I have to do is whipe when it gets dirty. I don’t have to clean out the water dish constantly from sand, and they don’t get sand in their food bowls anymore. I think it looks a lot nicer too. Only females need to dig, and they only dig during mating season, in which case you can put a sand box in there, that is what we do. Here is a pic of one of our beardie’s habitats, so you can see how nice it looks.
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c380/TheSmpsnsG85/100_3502.jpg

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