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Hey,

I have two geyri uromastyx (3 yrs old) in a 150 gallon tank. They are on white millet substrate. I was thinking of putting a shallow dish of soil under part of the millet to grow a 'meadow' of millet grass. Would you recommend this and is it safe/nutritious for the uros to eat the shoots? Thanks!

Ryan

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Sprouted millet should be safe and nutritious.  My only concern with your plan is that it may be very difficult to keep the seeds moist in such a heat-blasted environment (as uromastyx require), and that it could invite mold.  You'd probably be better off just sprouting some millet for them on a windowsill.

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Donna Fernstrom

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My particular focus is on snakes and lizards, but I have a decent smattering of knowledge of turtles and crocodilians as well, plus the experience to get relevant information quickly if I don't have it on hand in my brain. I can answer questions on captive care, diet, breeding, incubation of eggs, starting hatchlings, and more. I am particularly experienced with ball pythons, Lygodactylus geckos and other small lizards with similar care requirements, leopard geckos, and garter snakes.

Experience

I am a professional breeder of ball python morphs, Lygodactylus (dwarf) geckos, and mourning geckos. I have begun working with Irian Jaya carpet pythons, and plan to expand to include more gecko species in the future. I also have a background breeding leopard geckos, and have kept several other species of small lizards, snakes, and a water turtle.

Organizations
Nebraska Herpetological Society (nebherp.org)

Publications
I have many care sheets published on my own website.

Education/Credentials
High School Graduate. Extensively self-taught due to high interest in wildlife and reptile care.

Awards and Honors
Fauna Classifieds board of inquiry Good Guy Certification

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