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Old 02-14-2011, 07:40 PM   #11
 
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nice looking i like it congrats..
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:41 PM   #12
 
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I would change it to play sand. Did it say it 'clumps when wet for easy clean-up' or something along those lines? That's the issue with most, if not all, 'reptile specific sands'. That sand, if ingested (which it will be) will clump in the stomach/bowels causing an impaction. Play sand doesn't clump as easily (and another plus...it's cheaper).

I personally would avoid sand, mainly because it is a breeding ground for bacteria. But if you don't mind the extra cleaning, it won't be bad. And since uros like it hot, impaction risk is less if given the proper heat.
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:50 PM   #13
 
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Thanks for the info on the sand I don't think it said anything like that on the bag but I'll look. And he's been eating really well. Lots of his fresh greens and pooping regularly. And we clean it every night. So I think he's OK for NOW but next time I have to change his sand I'll look into it. Thanks again. In all honesty I'd never heard of impaction. Hence why I love this site.
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Old 02-14-2011, 09:02 PM   #14
 
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Impaction is scary. I've dealt with it with rescues soooo many times. Had rescued tegu with a prolapse (where she strained to use the restroom and an organ popped out of her 'vent') due to impaction, a Nile Monitor that was having seizures due to impaction and MBD. So many more as well. It's really scary.

Also, if you are using sand I suggest changing it out at least every 2 weeks. When they poo they secrete a liquid and it is impossible to scoop it all out as it spreads. The liquid is where you'll get the icky bacteria growing. With reptiles that spend a lot of time on the ground and licking around, they are especially prone to getting sick from the bacteria.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them here or to PM me. I've had over 12 years experience in rescuing, keeping, and breeding reptiles of all sorts.
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:06 AM   #15
 
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He is awesome!! I would definitely listen to Kazzy. Seems very knowledgeable. Kazzy, if sand is not used, what would be the replacement?

I was curious too ~ how hot is it in his home?
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Old 02-15-2011, 03:38 AM   #16
 
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You can use paper towels or newspaper, but I've always liked ceramic tiles. You can get ones that look like rocks so it's natural looking, VERY easy to clean, no risk to the animal, and you only have to buy it once :)

Uros like it hot. Around 120F for a basking area, and the cool side of the enclosure should be in the low 90s.

Thanks for the compliment :D
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:52 AM   #17
 
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That is one Area I did properly research. His tank is about about 120 ambient onhis hit side, and about 85-90 on his cool side. And thanks to Princess auto I paid 5$ for the infrared bulb instead of fourth at the pet store lol.
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:24 PM   #18
 
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:24 PM   #19
 
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You have a UVB over him right? What kind?
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Old 02-15-2011, 01:50 PM   #20
 
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YeAh I do it's some compact flourescent that I paid too much fir at the pet store lol.
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