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 Sand

can you use sand as the substrate for a western hognose? ive seen pics with them on sand



11/10/09  07:24pm

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 Sand

They can’t really burrow in dry sand. The tunnels will just keep collapsing. It will hold a burrow shape if it’s moist, but then you’ll get bacterial buildup under it. Outside they can handle sandy soil that gets a little rain on it because it has drainage that goes all the way down into the earth. Half a foot of sand over solid glass is going to stagnate at the bottom if it’s not dry. Plus, in the wild they can alternate between a humid burrow and a dry above-ground world. In a tank, the humidity will be high everywhere, which is bad for their skin and lung. Mostly dry with one humid hide area (a box of spahagnum works well) is best, although if it really comes down to it all dry is better than all humid. Wood pulps and reptile shavings make suitable burrowable substrates that allow them to build a whole underground network in which to thermoregulate.



11/11/09  04:51pm


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