There is the risk from the loose substrate is that if your bearded dragons consume too much of loose substrates, it could lead to a blockage in their intestines and even kill yore bearded dragons.
However, there are also many benefits from the loose substrate. It provides the natural look for your cage’s appearance, easy to clean, creates the comfort surface in the cage for your pets and also encourages some instinct behaviors of bearded dragons.
With the best loose substrate for bearded dragons, you will not concern about the bed effect of loose substrate. These substrates bellow are two common loose substrates for bearded dragons that we want to introduce to you:
This is your primary concern since it will directly affect your bearded dragon’s health. You should choose a substrate that is natural, non-toxic and does not contain any harmful artificial colors.
Reptile Sciences is made from pure calcium carbonate, which is a natural part of Earth’s crust and also contains in bearded dragons’ natural habitat. This substrate is committed that does not contains add dyes or preservatives.
One of the outstanding points of this product is that the fine granules make it’s digestible, reducing the risk of impaction, so will not need to concern about the blockage in bearded dragons intestine.
Zilla Walnut Shells are all nature substrate since it made of 100% ground walnut shells, which is absolutely safe for your bearded dragons. Not only that, but this substrate also has been processed to a small, uniform size, reducing the risk of impaction if your bearded dragons swallow its.
Although these two substrates seem to be safe for your bearded dragons, you also should use it for only adult dragons, never use this type of substrate for hatchlings or juveniles.
#2 Easy to clean
Calcium carbonate of Reptile Sciences acts as a natural filter, lowering pollution and maintaining a clean environment. Sand will cling to the waste of bearded dragons, forming clumps, which make it easy to remove. You just need to use a spoon and scoop out the waste as cleaning kitty litter.
Since Zilla Ground English Walnut Shells has a dark color, so it will make it difficult for you to identify the dirty part in the substrate. However, this substrate has the ability of odor control and does not make a lot of dust.