Getting the right bedding for your pet snake, turtle or lizard can be challenging. There are several products to pick from.
The ideal choice for your cold-blooded friend depends on the species and sub-species. You want to match your habitat's bedding to the reptiles native environment as closely as possible.
As an example, snakes prefer substrate made of sand, gravel and stone, wood shavings, and paper products.
Lizards choose to sleep on sand and gravel.
Desert-dwellers, such as bearded dragons and skinks, like walnut wheels that are ground into a sand-like consistency.
Hermit crabs like a mix of sand, silt, and coconut fiber, a mix that resembles what they would find on a tropical coastline. Most sand products have a probiotic included that helps to break down organic waste. They keeps your pet's habitat clean and fresh-smelling. You can get sand products in a variety of colors, including black, red and yellow, to add a little style to your environment.
If you have a pet turtle, you'll want to get a substrate which contains riverbed sand, to imitate the turtle's natural environment.
Some reptile owners prefer to place a carpet liner in their pet's environment. This can be used with most reptiles and can be cut to fit your tank. A carpet liner offers a soft surface for your reptile's underbelly. You can include various other bedding items, such as bark, wood shavings, or moss over the carpet. Pet carpets are easy to set up and also assist in lowering reptile odors. They can be removed, washed to clean, and reinserted right into your reptile's habitat.
At The Grooming Place Pet Shop, our educated staff will be happy to answer each of your questions, including what type of bedding is best for your reptile. We can also check to see if a specific product is in stock or special order an item for you. We welcome you to visit our Chester, MD store soon.