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Desert Substrates Help and Advice

Create a natural environment for your desert species

Whether it’s a Bearded Dragon, Leopard Gecko or even an Uromastyx, we know that you want your pet to be as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our best substrates for desert reptiles are designed to replicate the dry, high-temperature environment they need so they can thrive.

What are desert substrates?

Desert substrates are a combination of sand and soil that replicate the natural floor in an arid environment. They are designed for dry, high-temperature environments. For reptiles that live in dry and arid landscapes, like sand boas, which need sand to burrow, they are perfect.

Why should I buy desert substrates?

A substrate is one of the most important aspects of your vivarium or terrarium, both in terms of how it looks and in terms of how it interacts with your reptile. As some reptiles like to burrow, the right kind of desert substrate that allows them to dig can be important in providing them with the proper natural environment. Mixed particles in desert substrates allow for excellent moisture retention when sprayed, creating wet areas similar to those found naturally in hides or burrows. Some reptiles will often seek out these damp areas when shedding, or if they require more humidity so this, in turn, encourages digging.

What are the main types of desert substrates?

From sands to pellet bedding, desert substrates come in a wide variety of forms. These can be used for any desert or arid species. Sand is the ideal material for replicating the desert reptile’s natural environment, as well as creating a genuinely attractive environment in your vivarium. Providing your desert reptiles with this habitat will also encourage them to dig and display other natural behaviours. Pellets or chips make changing your desert reptiles' terrarium simple and easy. In addition to being easy to clean and generally aesthetically pleasing, they also function as excellent insulation for keeping your desert reptiles warm on colder days.

What should I look for?

You should select your substrate based on the native habitat of your pet and the type of flooring they are accustomed to. Similarly, understanding how each substrate works is crucial in order to make your setup as effective as possible for your terrarium or vivarium.

What accessories should I buy with desert substrates?

Ensure your reptile's substrate is clean and safe by removing and cleaning it regularly, using a good quality disinfectant. Depending on the reptile you keep, the size of the enclosure, and the substrate you're using, you may need to spot clean more frequently than this. However, regular spot cleaning will ensure your substrate lasts longer and stays cleaner longer. These arid style substrates are usually sandy, and therefore really easy to spot clean with the use of a Sand Scoop.