Bedding or has been known as substrate, which is the material that covers the bottom of your bearded dragon’s enclosure. In addition to making the natural look for your tank, maintaining heat, regulating the humidity levels, wearing down bearded dragon’s nails, encourage burrowing behavior of bearded dragon, you have to find the best bedding for bearded dragons.
One of the most important works you have to do as the owner of bearded dragons is choosing the right bedding to ensure they are happy and safe in their tank. These questions below are something maybe you will meet while choosing bedding for bearded dragons.
What is the best bedding for bearded dragons?
Safety: Ensure that you choose the all-natural materials and do not contain any toxic chemical or harmful dyes or colors.
Easy to clean: Bedding is the thing that holds barded dragon’s wastes; therefore you will have to frequently clean it. The bedding should not take lots of effort to clean and replace.
Humidity: Humidity is important for all reptiles. You should maintain humidity levels in bearded dragons tank about 35-40%. The bedding that helps you control humidity levels also helps to dissipate heat and avoid dehydration.
Odor control: Some bedding is treated with a biodegradable enzyme that helps you to control odors.
What are the proper ways to use bedding for bearded dragons?
Do not feed on bedding: There is always the risk of impaction or compaction gut causes by bearded dragons ingest their substrate. You should place the food in which there is no bedding or use a food bowl to feed them.
Clean the substrate: Frequently cleaning bedding will prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and strong smells. Some substrate such as liner, tiles will take less effort into maintaining.
Loose substrate: Loose substrate like sand is considered as bad bedding for bearded dragons since intestinal compaction could happen if it is accidentally eaten. If you decide to use sand, it is better to use sand mixed with clean soil.
How to clean bearded dragons bedding?
Reptile carpet: At least once per month you should deep clean reptile carpet. Wash it with hot water and non-toxic cleaner or mild fragrance-free soap. Do not wash it with washing machine.
Ceramic tile: At least once per month, disinfect the tile by basking it in the oven. Using the 9:1 mixture of water and red wine vinegar to remove bacteria.
Loose substrate: Using a scooper to spot clean waste daily. Every 2 months you should replace all the loose substrate in the tank.