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DIY Driftwood Basking Platforms Including Preparing wild wood

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DIY Driftwood Basking Platforms Including Preparing wild wood

Postby minervasden » Sat Apr 16, 2016 3:50 pm

You'll need to scroll down some. The top portion is about preparing wild collected wood using a pesticide (but some good notes on choosing wood). This is a turtle specific page but the platforms are not limited to turtle use.

http://www.austinsturtlepage.com/Articles/How%20to%20Build%20a%20Driftwood%20Basking%20Platform.htm

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Postby Ana » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:10 pm

I've always had curiosity about treating and prepping wild wood! Thank you for this!
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Postby minervasden » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:22 pm

Ana wrote:I've always had curiosity about treating and prepping wild wood! Thank you for this!


I don't know much about the pesticide method on the page, so I certainly would do more research before using.

EDIT: This is the method most commonly used-Bleach and Baking. http://www.herpcenter.com/reptile-articles/enclosure-wood-sanitation/
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Postby Ana » Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:02 pm

Yeah, I've read so many different things, I might try writing some of them down for my next trip to the vet, but if I know him, it'll be the blank stare again, LOL
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Postby TamanduaGirl » Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:40 pm

I just grabbed some driftwood from the lake and a tree like branch from a pruning pile and Pua is still alive.

Of course I also bring in buggy wood on [purpose for them to play with and the house is still standing.
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Postby minervasden » Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:47 pm

TamanduaGirl wrote:I just grabbed some driftwood from the lake and a tree like branch from a pruning pile and Pua is still alive.

Of course I also bring in buggy wood on [purpose for them to play with and the house is still standing.


It just depends on the purpose and animals involved. I certainly don't see a point in cleaning a wild log for a tamandua
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It's a good idea to clean driftwood and even wooden hamster houses from the pet store as well. Don't want to take home something (mites) you didn't purchase.
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Postby Ana » Sun Apr 17, 2016 12:06 am

SOMEHOW, I'd get some outrageous, pernicious bug/fungus/entity that would work it's way into the ears of EVERY animal in the house and cost me a million dollars. I cannot count the times I've brought mites and ringworm here, and once a fungus the vet couldn't even frigging identify. YEAST, termites, carpenter ants, SOMETHING would be in there to create havoc. Somehow. :lol:
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Re: DIY Driftwood Basking Platforms Including Preparing wild wood

Postby Ash » Sun Apr 17, 2016 6:44 pm

Depends on the animal, as Minerva said. :) For snakes, I like preparing any wild wood. On the other hand, the LAST thing I want to do is de-bug the wood when it comes to lizards. The bugs in the branches help make the rest of the enclosure bio-active. In the case of tropical lizards, bugs are our friends, lol.

But I definitely wouldn't use plain, wild wood on just anything. Some animals need the extra protection.
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