Q: I read a lot of conflicting information. What substrate do you use?

A: To maintain the highest level of hygiene, we use paper towels. When a dragon reaches subadult or adult size we have successfully used Zoo Med’s Repti-Sand in White only. We only recommend White since we have witnessed babies eating blue and red sand which can cause impaction and death. We have tested Repti-Sand in White for several years and never had an impaction problem in our subadults or adults. If you use this sand on babies, it would be safe to place the sand only on the cool side. That way, you have less chance of a baby bearded dragon ingesting the sand with its greens and bugs which are fed on the basking or hot side. Note: Beware of sound alike names for sand. Many can be deadly.