Dig Box Instructions
Here’s how we made Margarita’s Dig Box
- Bag of
Spargham Peat Moss
- Bag of
Rubbermaid (approx 2 wide x 4 long x 2 high)
- Metal Top
of some sort (Hardware cloth works great)
style heat light, 100w bulb
Here’s how we made it:
- Clean Rubbermaid
- Make a
mixture of 60% Peat Moss and 40% sand
- Wet mixture
until it holds form when molded, adding more peat/sand if needed.
mixture to a depth of 12 inches or so in one end of the Rubbermaid
a tunnel for the dragon in the lower portion of the dirt pile
clamp lamp on side of Rubbermaid, pointing all the heat towards the mound
hardware cloth into a secure lid over the Rubbermaid (The stuff is stiff
enough you should just be able to fold it over the edges of the Rubbermaid
2-3 inches and it stay that way)
new Dig Box in a quiet room such as a bathroom or out of the way bedroom,
free from drafts, noise, and human/pet traffic.
dragon when she’s digging frantically in her enclosure.
dragon alone for several hours.
dragon does not lay on day one, put her back in her house and try again the
next day if you feel she is ready to lay.
laying, dragon will very likely appreciate a nice bath to get all that
dirt off and just generally clean up and rehydrate. Remember to feed
dragon WELL with calcium rich veggies prior to laying and post-lay as
well. Additional insects over the usual amount are also appreciated post-lay.
Any questions let me know. I will gladly snap pictures if
need be as well. This lay box has
worked for several dragons, beyond our own, and is easy to use. Its modified off a style Gina Gauvin taught
me a long time ago – only real modification is using a Rubbermaid instead of a
Aquarium – the aquarium was a royal PAIN to haul around and clean and was too “open”
for the dragon to feel secure.