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    Lithops: Are These Safe to Use in a Lizard Enclosure

    Does anyone know if these are ok to use in a lizard enclosure? I believe these succulents have evolved to look like rocks and not be lizard food, which is encouraging, but thought I'd check with you guys (and gals) and see what you may know...

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    Re: Lithops: Are These Safe to Use in a Lizard Enclosure

    After a bit of searching on google I found:
    "Concern has arisen in recent years about the hazard that toxic houseplants represent to small children. Lithops are non-toxic. In fact, literature makes reference to children of several African races sometimes eating these plants as a means to quench thirst ***. It should be stressed however that any non-poisonous plant becomes toxic for a certain time after insecticides have been applied."
    on Cultivation of Lithops: Lithops

    That being said... if you get one from the store, I would be worried about what kind of insecticides and fertilizers had been used on it, and since these plants only drop their leaves once a year, how long would those chemicals stay with it?
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    Re: Lithops: Are These Safe to Use in a Lizard Enclosure

    Thanks...actually, mine are coming from seed. Half the challenge is actually growing them, but I have so many darn glass aquariums, I figure I can try multiple set ups (without lizard) to get them to grow. Figured if I could grow them, and use them in part of his enclosure, super cool.

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    Re: Lithops: Are These Safe to Use in a Lizard Enclosure

    haha they are funny looking
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    Re: Lithops: Are These Safe to Use in a Lizard Enclosure

    Just rememeber that you will want to keep them potted. They require a fairly particulate substrate and you wouldn't really want to keep many lizards on that. What kind of lizard are you wanting to put it with?
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    Re: Lithops: Are These Safe to Use in a Lizard Enclosure

    I was thinking of adding it my water dragon enclosure or one of my many empty tanks. After reading more, I'm concerned the hot humid environment my dragon requires, isn't going to work for the lithops. So, looks like it'll just be a decorative tank with plants suitable for that environment...em, well, ok they thrive I the dessert, so it's gonna be a pretty stupid looking tank.

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    Re: Lithops: Are These Safe to Use in a Lizard Enclosure

    Quote Originally Posted by Kendalle View Post
    haha they are funny looking
    They certainly are! I like the one that looks like a brain lol!
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    Re: Lithops: Are These Safe to Use in a Lizard Enclosure

    I think these are so cool. They really look good planted in shallow, round bowls with other succulents and those little, decorative stones covering the soil. I would agree that using them in enclosures would be difficult but having a bowl full of the unusual, nearby, adds to the surrounding scenery!
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    Re: Lithops: Are These Safe to Use in a Lizard Enclosure

    Indeed. And there is an entire artform which utilizes such displays. Japanese bonsai trees have long been displayed with "companion plantings" of grasses, ferns, etc. The addition of a small bowl of plants greatly enhances and compliments a display of the tree.
    It would do the same with an enclosure. And would allow the use of plants that would not be able to survive in the tank.
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