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"Wow you are actually saying calci sand is good when every other forum on the internet agrees that it kills them, no sand in digestable and its fact that no sand should be used with bearded dragons especially young ones. As for news paper and reptile carpet most other sites recomend them. The number one cause of bearded dragons dying is sand and calci sand is the worst and people like you should know better than to put it in a tutorial. Use tiles and clean them once a weak empty poo out every day. EDITOR'S NOTE: There are may different opinions and debates in this area. When any hard particle or substrate is ingested, there is a chance it can lead to an impaction - blockage of the intestines. However, the main cause of death in Beardies is said to be overly large prey. Other causes of death, especially in juveniles, includes ingestion of too much hard chitin (exoskeleton) from food prey, usually from feeding too many mealworms as well as ingestion of hard substrates. Other causes of death include egg binding in females when not provided with proper nesting. Kidney disease is known to be an occasional cause in older dragons. Impaction can occur more easily in the fragile delicate digestive system of younger dragons, while beardies at age 5-6 months or 10" - 12" in length are said to be kept on fine sand or other types of substrates. Washed play sand, alfalfa pellets, cat litter or wood stove pellets made from recycled newspapers are a few of the substrates suggested by some breeders. The debate over calci sand is quite involved. It is not a 'sand' in the sense of being fine particles of rock, such as a play sand. It is made of 100% calcium carbonate, which is dissolvable with moisture. Reportedly the problem seems to arise in that when calci sand gets wet (beardies tend to lick things) it can dry into very hard lumps which is no longer easily dissolved and so an impaction problem could result. Substrates some sites suggest avoiding include calci-sand, walnut shells, and corn cob litter."

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