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RE: SUBSTRATE QUESTION

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Posted by: geedeebaby at Tue Sep 30 22:28:31 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by geedeebaby ]  
   

Good question (and I appreciate your concern). The answer is quite interesting. Like most caresheets state, uros are intelligent and have unique personalities. And mine couldn't testify to that any clearer. Everytime I approach his enclosure, or am in sight of it, he removes himself from his basking spot and heads to the closest spot in the tank facing towards me. If I get close enough to the tank, he starts to try to climb on the glass, as if calling for me to come get him, kind of like pups do when the owner arrives home. It's actually very interesting to see him do this. So, when I stick my hand in the tank, he immediately starts to climb up on it. I take him out and place him on my chest, rubbing his head, something he dearly loves. He reminds me of a parrot I had who had the same exact behavior. I, obviously, do this for minutes at a time, not prolonging the absence of his must-needed heat time. Anyhow, regarding the substrate issue with bed-a-beast, today I have been doing much more research on this topic and quite a few websites and caresheets favor bed-a-beast as an alternative to playsand, not as an immediate replacement. They definitely recommend it more over calci-sand, river sand and woody substrates. Like I mentioned previously, I will use this substrate on a trial basis, maybe for a month or so. Then I will judge accordingly. I love my uro and I want the best for him.


   

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