This is where it all happens.
Why do you have sand in a bearded dragon enclosure???
You can have sand. You just have to take appropriate measures.
Correction. You CAN have sand,but you SHOULDN’t. Sand causes a buttload of issues. Aside from impactions, grains of sand can and will often become embedded in the gastrointestinal tract which can cause several issues. It may become stuck in the cloaca, it can also get stuck in eyes, and in the soft tissues of the animal’s mouth which is a very common issue. Swelling, sores,huge infections are only a few things on the list. I could bring necrosis and sepsis into it too.
The only “appropriate measure” would be to remove the animal from the sand. As a herp keeper it is important to make as safe of an environment as possible for your animal and to avoud things that pose a threat to the animal’s health. This is blatant irresponsibility from someone that people look up to and think is knowledgeable.
Remember Bearded Dragons do not live solely on sand .
I’m glad I’m not the only person these people attack. It’s calcium sand like come on its sold for bearded dragons
"Calcium sand" is probably one of the most disgusting things that pet stores market. Up there with fish bowls for gold fish. And the "habitats" they market for hermit crabs that don’t provide heating, proper water, and proper sand depth. They’re all things marketed and sold to the general public.
When in reality they are just products that cause an insane amount of animal abuse and neglect that hardly anyone bats and eyelash at. Because something is small or cheap it is often of no concern to anyone.
Imagine you kept your dog in a small crate and never changed its bedding. Never adjusted the size as it grew. And then it died at 2 weeks in your care out of the 20 more years it should have had. And then once it died you just got another dog and did the same thing, over and over, never wondering why it was dying. Because to you two weeks seemed like normal. That’s what happens to gold fish. They can live 20 years if properly cared for.
Or imagine you decided to fill a room with cat litter and keep your cat in that. It’s marketed for cats, it must be safe. But your cat gets the litter stuck in its paws and eyes. Sometimes when they groom themselves they eat it. And some spills in their waterbowl or food dish. Not a whole lot, but your cat eats it nonetheless since it’s hard to pick out from the food, maybe it even sticks to the food. Then you notice your cat has started to slow down and one day it’s horrifically sick. So you take it to the vet and they do an x-ray and find a big clump of catlitter had built up in their stomache. And the vet asks you, “Does your cat eat the litter? Do you feed it litter?”
So of course you respond, “No way! I’ve never seen him eat the litter, and what crazy person would feed their cat litter?” But the way your cat was being kept meant that bit by bit it was taking in some. It was all over the place.
When you go to a sandy beach you often come back with sand in unimaginable places without even trying. You probably even eat some sand without realizing. But for you that’s one day at the beach, and you’re pretty big. A lizard can never get away from the beach you’ve made it. And bearded dragons weren’t specially adapted to handle it in the first place.
I know those examples sound absolutely crazy. But I think that’s the best way to really put them into light. Those situations would be abuse and neglect for a cat or dog. But are acceptable for a lizard or fish.
And I know I got off topic a bit, so back to the calcium sand. Calcium sand actually has a tendency to clump MORE than regular sand when wet. this means its even more likely to build up internally as well as externally. Sure your dragon needs digestible calcium as part of their diet. But calcium sand may fulfil that requirement while subsequently killing your animal.
Anyway, I hope that clarifies things.
Calcium sand is worse than the other sand pet stores tend to offer but is more heavily marketed since it’s supposed to be better and is the lazy keepers dream since they think the sand will make it so they don’t have to properly dust food. It’s pretty much evil as far as I’m concerned xP