Q: What is the best substrate?

A: We use paper towels on babies which is very easy to clean and prevents babies from swallowing sand with crickets. We have used Repti-Sand in Desert White on adults with no impaction problems when tested over a 4 year period. We do notice that dragons will eat the red or blue sand so that is avoided. Also, any other types of sand or walnut shells will likely cause impaction so avoid these as well. As far as reptile carpet, crickets tend to chew on carpet which then gets ingested when the dragon eats the crickets. All in all, our favorite substrates are paper towels for babies and Repti-sand in white for adults.