Reptile sand or reptile carpet? • Bearded Dragon . org

Questions about reptile carpet • Bearded Dragon . org
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Some type of flooring material in your tank is a must, after all, they cannot walk on the glass bottom all the time. Younger Bearded Dragons need to be put on paper towels, butcher's paper, or reptile carpet, to keep them from digesting it. Older Bearded Dragons can be place on sand, pebbles, and reptile carpet.
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(G) Use a 3-6" (8-15 cm) layer of calcium sand or reptile carpet for adults. For Bearded Dragons under 6", use reptile carpet only. How to clean reptile carpet ? • Bearded Dragon . org
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I clean my enclosures out daily with chlorhexidine. It’s an anti-bacterial / anti-fungal cleaner that is not toxic to bearded dragons or humans. I use it to spot clean my reptile carpet and to spot clean the floors of my enclosures. I also use it to clean poop off of rocks and limbs.Dreganna, the bearded dragon, checking out the new slate tile floor of her enclosure (formerly reptile carpet). She's quite funny to watch. She's just turned 10 months old and is 14.5 inches from snout to tail tip.Do NOT use indoor/outdoor carpet! Instead opt for the cage carpet/ terrarium liner made specifically for reptiles. Indoor/outdoor carpet is generally made with woven pieces of material that can cause the bearded dragon to get tangled into. This can result in painful injuries to the feet and toes. Sand is commonly used with bearded dragons, though there is concern, especially when keeping young lizards, that intestinal impaction could result if they accidentally eat some. It is not recommended that you keep young bearded dragons on sand, or any kind of loose substrate. Newspaper, paper toweling or reptile carpet (though watch for loose threads or areas that can snag dragon toenails) would be better choices.To be honest, I am not a fan of reptile carpet. Many people use carpet, because they are afraid that their bearded dragon could die from eating loose substrate. However a carpet is not natural. When it comes to my beardies I like to keep it natural. I want to create a natural habitat for them. Do you think there is carpet in the wild? I use reptile carpet exclusively for all my dragons (beardies and others). I have never had an issues with it. I use Doobegone Habtat Cleaner wipes made specifically for reptiles) and/or Natural Chemistry Healthy Habitat sprayed on a paper towel for daily spot cleaning of the reptile carpet, or anything else in the cage that gets soiled. The second is much more cost effective, but the wipes ar every convenient.Beardies have specific , , like UVB lighting and a heating source to ensure the temperature never gets below 65 degrees. The tank needs a basking side under direct heat, up to 100 degrees F, but also need a cooler side for them to thermoregulate. Bearded dragons also need a substrate in their tank. Sand is a controversial substrate as it can cause blockage if ingested. Newspaper or reptile carpet can work for the tank lining.Bearded Dragons make great pet lizards. These moderately sized, personable pet reptiles are easy to care for, readily available as captive bred animals, and tame very easily.