Available in Gobi Gold and Outback Orange colors. Fortified with vitamins, calcium, and beta carotene. Ultra-fine composition. All-natural sand. No artificial colors. Healthy and safe sand substrate.
It would be convenient if Vita-Sand was available in sizes larger or smaller than 10 pounds.
Available in 5-quart bags. All-natural litter. Made with ground English walnut shells. Desert-like sand alternative. Conducts heat especially well. Affordable. Will not scratch glass, as natural sand does.
If your reptile is prone to eating its substrate, it may hurt as it passes through the system.
Real, 100% natural red desert sand. Perfectly uniform sandy texture. No artificial coloring. Promotes burrowing. Great substrate for supporting eggs.
The single tradeoff of using pure desert sand is the lack of beneficial mineral or vitamin additives.
Naturally formed smooth river pebbles. Large and chunky pebbles make a convincing riverbed. Easy to disinfect, clean, and maintain. Aquatic turtles won’t consume the chunky pebbles.
Unfortunately, uneaten food may slip between the space between these larger river rocks.
100% natural brown South African sand. Great for wet or dry terrariums. Fine texture is soothing on a reptile’s skin. Easily passed if mistakenly ingested. Promotes digging behavior.
It would be convenient if this pricier sandy substrate was available in alternate sizes.
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Reptiles have a long list of essential needs that include heat, humidity, and a nutritionally complete diet. Selecting the right sand or gravel substrate for your cold blooded pet is just as important. You’ll need to incorporate a sand or gravel substrate that best handles your reptile’s waste, helps to keep them clean, and crafts a suitable environment that the animal feels comfortable living in. Gravel substrates are best for aquatic reptiles like turtles, while sand substrates work especially well for a range of desert dwellers, including tortoises, skinks, and snakes. Whether you’re looking to assemble a tropical paradise, sun-blasted desert, or underwater paradise, we highly recommend researching which natural substrates are best cut out for your reptile.