The substrate you choose not only have an impact on your cage’s appearance, it is also affecting your bearded dragon’s health and happiness. Therefore, when it comes to setting up a bearded dragon cage, the substrate is absolutely one of the most important factors.
The substrate also determines how much time and effort you have to spend on cleaning the cage.
We will introduce you here to two of the most popular bearded dragons bedding: Zilla Reptile Terrarium Bedding Substrate Liner VS. Hamiledyi Reptile Carpet Natural Coconut Fiber.
Hopefully, this post will help you choose the best substrate for bearded dragons.
#1 Safety material
Safety is a top priority factor when choosing bearded dragon substrate. Especially, bearded dragons tend to swallow a small amount of bedding in their enclosure. Luckily, both Zilla liner and Hamiledyi Carpet are totally safe with your pets. They will post absolutely no health risk for your bearded dragons.
Zilla liner is a good choice for young and juvenile bearded dragons since it could not be swallowed. This substrate won’t be able to digest. It is also non-abrasive material, which makes it won’t irritate your bearded dragons’ feet.
Hamiledyi Reptile Carpet is made from 100% natural coconut fibers, which is totally healthy and safe. Coconut Fiber is also non-abrasive, creating a comfortable bottom surface for your bearded dragons.
#2 Easy to clean
Bearded dragons require frequent cleaning to remove all the waste and prevent the risk of parasites. Hamiledyi Reptile Carpet is relatively easy to clean since you just need to wash it with cold water and reuse. However, you should not machine-wash it.
Zilla liner is the best choice if you looking for the substrate that requires less effort to clean. It is really tough and can even stand up to scrubbing if needed. Like Hamiledyi, you just need to wash the sheet off with cold water and reuse.
The outstanding point of these two produces that not any other type of substrate can do is the ability of absorbent and odor control tanks to the biodegradable enzymatic coating.
#3 The size
Hamiledyi reptile carpet is measure 19.7 x 11.8 x 0,4 inches. It is very easy to cut, so you can regular the size to fit with your cage size. The advantage of it is that it contains two large sheets so that you won’t need to find the replicate sheet when one is washed.
Zilla Reptile Liner is measure 17,25 x 47,25 inches in the form of a roll that you also can cut to the size fit with your cage. However, it comes with one carpet while you will need more than one carpet for cleaning.