Today, we thought we’d talk about one of the more unusual—yet steadily growing—applications of synthetic grass: for reptiles. Owners of snakes and lizards have contacted us a surprising amount in the past year looking for a liner for their tanks, and this vivarium grass is ideal.
Its vivid green color appeals to many reptiles. Contrary to typical carpeting (a popular alternative), vivarium grass is simple to maintain, and a clean vivarium is essential for the reptile’s health. Unlike newspapers, fake grass does not require frequent replacement (another popular alternative)
Since there is just a little area involved, replacing the lining shouldn’t be necessary very frequently and won’t be expensive. The walls and back of the vivarium, which some reptiles like to climb and where the flooring needs to support their weight when climbing, should be lined with high-quality fake grass with a dense weave. Essential, a durable artificial grass with a 20mm pile height, is our best product for use in the vivarium.
Is Artificial Grass OK for Bearded Dragons?
Reptile carpet, often known as fake grass or AstroTurf, is another option, but it needs to be changed every week because it gets dirty with waste and food and is difficult to thoroughly sanitize.
I would suggest you buy two pieces of Astroturf and cut them to suit the cage’s bottom before utilizing it. With two pieces, one is put within the cage and the other is maintained outside the cage as a backup. That way, you always have a clean, dry piece on hand in case the Astroturf within the cage gets dirty.
Bearded dragon floors look wonderful with artificial grass. It adds variety to your bearded dragon’s substrate and keeps your options open when combined with tiles underneath. The fake grass is simple to maintain and can be hosed down outside before being finished off in a bucket of disinfectant solution.
I used this personally back when I had my Bearded Dragons and it really helped me with the cleaning.
To make switching out artificial turf during cleaning time easier, keep several pieces on hand. If it isn’t maintained clean, it will smell. If too close to a heater, artificial grass can become quite hot to the touch. If the strands become loose or brittle over time, replace them. Invest in artificial grass with a sturdy backing. Loose strands pose a choking risk or might entrap toes and legs.
What is the best thing to put in the bottom of a bearded dragon tank?
An ideal substrate, or sleeping material, should be non-toxic to lizards and simple to clean up. Because they are simple to replace and non-toxic if consumed, newspaper, butcher paper, or other recycled paper products (such as compressed recycled paper pellets) are favored. Paper-based bedding can be taken out in bits every day while the cage is being spot-cleaned, and it should be taken out once a week.
Avoid using materials like sand, gravel, wood shavings, corn cobs, walnut shells, and cat litter because they are not only difficult to clean but also may cause intestinal impaction if consumed unintentionally or on purpose. Even so-called digestible “Calcic-sand” should be avoided because it can result in impactions when consumed. Cedar wood shavings should never be used because they are poisonous to reptiles as well. A mix of substrates is the ideal substrate for a bearded dragon. Combining solid and flexible substrates will enrich the environment and possibly promote natural behaviors.
Encouragement of natural behaviors lowers the dangers of stress and illness. Compared to loose substrates, solid substrates are simpler to clean and disinfect. Usually, replacing loose substrates is more practical than cleaning them. Sharp tiny claws can be controlled without the need to clip them with the help of solid substrates and attachments. Always remember that you are not stuck with your choice of substrate. Anytime you want, you can try something new or alter your opinion.