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Hi there, i would like to ask regarding about my red eared slider tortoises. I recently bought home rocks from beach to put inside my tortoises tank. I would like to know whether is it okay to use beach rocks? I have rinse it with water to clean any sands in it. Thank you!

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Hi Nik

The rocks themselves are fine to use. The concern is what may have been on the rocks. I would suggest giving them a good scrub with a brush and dish soap followed by a very thorough rinse. That should remove any oil residue or other contaminants that may be on them. If the beach is used by people for swimming there is likely little danger of this but if there are industries nearby or the area has a lot of boat traffic there could be some chemical pollutants on the rocks.

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I can answer questions on the proper husbandry and diet of Iguanas, bearded dragons, geckoes, skinks, chameleons, tortoises, box turtles, treefrogs, non-venomous snakes and tarantulas. Also the breeding of some species of feeder insects. I have no experience with venonmous snakes and only limited experience with aquatic turtles.

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I have been keeping and breeding reptiles for over 30 years. In addition to my regular job in the medical field I also worked for several years in a pet store that specialized only in exotics. The job entailed both caring for and answering questions on innumerable species. It required constant, extensive research into a wide range of reptiles. I have been called to appear on televised national media (CBC, CTV and Life Channel) as well as CBC radio to discuss the proper care of reptiles and other exotics in captivity. I currently own one or more species of those listed under my expertise with the exception of chameleons. I owned chameleons for years but keep none currently. I keep over 20 snakes comprising 5 species, both Colubridae and Boidae. I bred corn snakes for several years. I have a particular interest in treefrogs and currently have 5 different species. I've raised redfoot tortoises for 10 years and have two iguanas, one for 12 years.

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A small and now defunct local magazine called "Pet Vue"

Education/Credentials
Diagnostic medical microbiology with some parasitology experience.

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