Live Plants for Beardie Setups

Any suggestions for live plants to spruce up (pardon the pun) a beardie cage? I was thinking pothos, but I worry about plants being potentially toxic. I do worry about him snacking… Was hoping to find a list of “safe” plants. No luck yet.

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@thebeardedherper should be able to help you out. I know they will need to be hardy and tough plants though. And non-toxic if eaten, also able to stand hot, dry climates.

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Hardy for sure. I was figuring to “train” pothos on a branch or even stainless wire. Flokei loves to leap on the plastic plants around him, so they drop leaves regularly. They aren’t cheap, and they look so sad when they reach a certain point. Like the Grinch’s reindeer, Max, with that one lonely antler…

His setup includes a daylight bulb that can act as a grow light, and I can mist it regularly. The enclosure is big enough that the heat lamp side shouldn’t cook it, I hope.

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Pothos are generally considered safe for reptiles. We have some Pothos in with our box turtles, who have not tried to eat them. I do not, however, know how they will do in a dry, high-heat environment. Maybe someone else can comment. Perhaps a non-toxic, non-spiky succulent would be appropriate.

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The bio dude sells plants that are safe for reptiles, you dont have to buy from him, but you can see what kind they are. Most home improvement/store with garden centers sell succulants, and i’ve seen them at Petco too.

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Aloe is safe as far as I know.

Aloe vera has latex in its leaves, and can cause issues if consumed by humans. Not sure if a lizard would take a bite out of one, or what would happen if it consumed some.

Aloe is also kind of sharp.

Idk. I’ve heard and seen people using tiny bits as treats.

I don’t want to use succulents. I know, they’d probably look more species appropriate, but I’m not a fan. At least, not here. I’ll check out the Dude.

Thanks, all!

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