Getting the best bedding for your pet snake, turtle or lizard can be challenging. There are many different products to pick from.
The right option for your cold-blooded friend depends on the species and sub-species. You want to match your environment's bedding to the reptiles natural environment as closely as possible.
For example, snakes favor substrate made from sand, gravel and stone, wood shavings, and paper products.
Lizards like 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 combination that mimics what they would find on a tropical coastline. Most sand items have a probiotic included that helps to break down organic waste. They maintains your pet's habitat clean and fresh-smelling. You can get sand items in a range of tones, including black, red and yellow, to add a little style to your habitat.
If you have a pet turtle, you'll want to get a substrate which contains riverbed sand, to imitate the turtle's native environment.
Some reptile owners choose to put a carpet liner in their pet's habitat. This can be used with most reptiles and can be cut to fit your tank. A carpet liner gives a soft surface for your reptile's underbelly. You can include other bedding products, such as bark, wood shavings, or moss over the carpet. Pet carpets are simple to set up and also help in lowering reptile odors. They can be removed, rinsed to clean, and reinserted right into your reptile's habitat.
At Liz's Pet Shop, our well-informed team will be happy to answer all of your questions, including what type of bedding is best for your reptile. We can also check to see if a particular product is in stock or special order a product for you. We welcome you to visit our Chicago, IL store soon.