Reptile Substrates Desert & Dry

Suitable substrates for vivariums housing reptiles that prefer dry to desert conditions are usually natural and calcium sands and chipped or shredded hardwood, all of which will not only satisfy the needs of the reptile but also make for a relatively naturalistic decoration.

All substrates should be frequently spot cleaned to remove visible faeces and soiled material and replaced completely every so often, the frequency of this will depend on the size or numbers of animals kept but typically will be between 2 to 6 weeks.

Following removal of the substrate it is a good idea to sterilise the bottom of the vivarium with a reptile safe disinfectant.