Substrate question...

Cuttlefish

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Can any of you think of a reason why I shouldn't use something called "decorative sand" in a scorpion enclosure? I mean, it'll have rocks and other stuff, but I don't know if I should stay away from this stuff for scorp-health reasons or not... I don't want to use the fluorescent pink stuff... just the black.
Ideas?

Thanks,
Tamara.
 

MrDeranged

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That really depends on what type of Scorpion you're going to be keeping. For example with any of the Pandinus genus (emperor's, red claw's, etc) sand would be a no no as these are tropical, NOT desert, scorpions and a sand substrate would not meet their humidity needs. Let us know what kind of scorpion you intend on keeping and we should be able to give you some better information. :D

Scott
 

skinheaddave

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The scorpion in question is a H.troglodyte that I'm getting in with one of my orders. Obviously we understand the nature of the setup -- it was more a question of whether "decorative sand" has the potential for being toxic. My intuition says that it is probably okay to use it, though I am going to stick to normal, proven sand for my scorps.

Tamara's first scorpion -- very exciting!

Cheers,
Dave
 

wayne

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I have used a type of decorative sand for my
Scorpio mauris (spelling?) and A. austrailis for
quite some time now with no ill effects.

It's a hoffman brand, they call it western desert
sand. It's a little more corse then the regular washed
sand i was using, so burrowing is a tad easier for them.
Wayne
 

Kugellager

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I would say that if the decorative sand was used in a desrt or dry enclosure there would be no problems. Assuming you are referring to that dyed stuff as decorative sand and not a naturally colored sand like 'desert sand' . I would not use it in an enclosure that has to be high in humidity. I don't know what effect any chemicals use to dye colored sand would have on the critters.

If I am assuming incorrectly about you definition of decorative sand then what I just said is moot.:8o

John
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