Bearded dragon substrates are always controversial when discussed between bearded dragon keepers as there are many options available to use ranging from terrarium soil mix, to paper towels or even the artificial reptile carpet. It is important however to pick the right bearded dragon substrate that would provide healthy environment for your reptile.
You will need to think through properly before choosing the type of bearded dragon substrates to use. Many hazards like irritations to the gut, skin or eye can emanate if a wrong substrate is used, especially ones if eaten can cause harm to the bearded dragon.
Appropriate bearded dragon substrates provide and maintain the right humidity, ensure odours are in check and make it very easy to clean up the beardie’s enclosure. Well, we will evaluate different types of bearded dragon substrates below:
Bearded Dragon Paper Towels Substrates
Paper towels are by far the most affordable and easiest when compared with other bearded dragon substrates. If you choose this type of substrate you can easily clean the reptile’s enclosure and replace with fresh paper towel without difficulty. One of the biggest dangers of substrates is the fact that the bearded dragon both young and old can consume them while eating, hence causing dangers to their digestive system. With paper towels bearded dragon substrates, this danger is excluded. The reptiles do not eat paper towels making it very convenient and not harmful to use.
Another advantage of paper towels over other bearded dragon substrates is that, little baby bearded dragons and even older ones can easily locate their food, because sometimes differentiating between food and other substrate can be quite confusing for the young ones. So, it is important to take note of the best substrate to use when raising young bearded dragons.
Bearded Dragon Peat Substrates
Peat which is a natural substance amongst other bearded dragon substrates is widely used as well. The fact that it is natural makes it suitable to be used in terrarium and also other beardie enclosures. The advantage of using peat is its ability to retain moisture for long; this is very good because the moisture level determines how humid the enclosure will be. When moisture levels are high, then the right temperature is maintained for the bearded dragon.
Bearded dragon substrates like peat, has to be used with utmost care so as to avoid the accumulation of mildews and molds. You will have to insert a layer of gravel beneath the soil to eliminate the occurrence of molds and other fungi. There is also a need to stop beardies from eating the peat substrate by adding moss as another layer above the peat; however one should maintain a practise of always feeding them in eating bowls to permanently prevent the beardies from eating the substrate.
Bearded Dragon Coco Fiber Substrate
Coco fiber is another example of bearded dragon substrates that can be used for all beardie enclosures and many bearded dragon keepers attest to this – hence it is used for most enclosures.
This substrate unlike other bearded dragon substrates if packed properly enlarges when water is added, thereby forming a very comfortable and relaxing platform for these reptiles. However, to avoid the problem of the beardies eating the substrate, you will need to insert big pebbles over the fiber from coco. The outcome of this arrangement forms a beautiful sight to behold.
Bearded Dragon Soil Mix Substrates
There are many soil mixes that one can purchase as bearded dragon substrates. This is a good blend of excellent soil and other botanical contents which may include fiber from tree fern and other contents that are good for the health of the beardies. If you are considering using this for terrarium, then you should realise that using only soil for bearded dragons is not good at all. That is why a special mix of soil with organic contents like this has been created to take care of not just the health of the reptile, but also the outlook of your pet.
Soil mix bearded dragon substrates are blends specially prepared to make your adorable pet look beautiful and also healthy. A typical example of soil mixes can be the mixture of sphagnum moss with soil – the sphagnum moss mixture is the special feature that makes the reptiles unable to consume the substrate, thus avoiding health hazards due to digestion of substrate materials. Come to think of it, even if the bearded dragon accidentally ingests some of the moss, the reptiles usually expels the substance immediately with no harm incurred.
To create excellent soil mix bearded dragon substrates, the percentage of the mixture is of utmost important. From experience, it is advisable to take two parts of soil with only one part of the sphagnum moss to create the mix. If this formula is followed, your resulting substrate mix will be able to hold moisture longer and also convenient for you to naturally grow other plants that will make your enclosure more like a natural habitat for your precious bearded dragon.