Reptiles/bearded dragon

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Can I use a fir and peat moss bedding for my bearded dragon someone said it  could kill her and I dont tthink so just want to make sure

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Hello Damian,

Are you wanting to use that type of bedding for the substrate for the entire bottom of the tank or a substrate for her to lay eggs in?
I normally don't recommend using a loose substrate for them as it can contribute to impaction if ingested.
Plus, it can also harbor bacteria which contributes to worm or parasite issues, too.
Most people do use paper towels, non adhesive shelf liner, carpet or  tiles for safer alternatives.
How old is your dragon?

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Tracie Kretzschmar

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I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.

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I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

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I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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