How to choose the best the bearded dragon substrate are one of the most commonly asked questions. In the reptile market today, there are plenty of substrate and bedding choice that you can use for reptile. It can be easily found in the reptile shops or internet. Many reptile pet owners are getting confused with the wide range of substrate.
There are many things to consider in choosing your bearded dragon housing substrate, which including the how easy is the maintenance, the price tag for the particular substrate, consistency in the stock availability of the reptile substrate in the pet shops, and much more. You may need to study these on your own and decide which substrate works the best.
Nevertheless, the important factor to determine the substrate selection would be the age of the bearded dragon. There are many debates on this especially using sand as substrate for bearded dragon cage.
Many bearded dragon owners are saying that sand cannot be used for baby bearded dragon at all because they might have impaction due to accidentally intake of sand while they are hunting for food. Even though some people’s bearded dragon have no problem with that. Many breeders even use that successfully.
I’m not saying that you cannot use sand for bearded dragon, but use it with care. Try to avoid using sand for the vivarium bedding when the dragons are still young. It is your choice is you would like to use it when it gets older.
There is no best reptile substrate around. If you prefer the natural look of using play sand for your pet’s vivarium, then remember to wash and screen thoroughly. Alternatively you use sand like Repti-Sand.
You may try several options and decide which one works the best for you in terms of your substrate spending, time for the maintenance, and how well the bearded dragon live with it. As long as the bearded dragon lives happily and you are happy with the housing substrate, you should stick with it. Or else try to find some other alternatives.