ProRep Beardie Life Substrate is a blended substrate that has been designed to create the ideal environment for Bearded Dragons and other desert species. In the wild, few species actually live on pure sand, so Beardie Life has been created to mimic the sandy soil more typical of desert habitats.
It contains a mixture of sand and soil that creates a realistic-looking and feeling substrate, which encourages natural behavior such as digging and foraging, and aids in the maintenance of a suitable environment.
The addition of soil to the mixture reduces the risk of impaction (Read our article Impaction – whats the real story?) sometimes seen with pure sand, while enhancing the moisture retention ability of the substrate. This is important because desert species of reptiles in the wild will naturally spend time in areas of relatively high humidity, such as under rocks or down burrows, which aids with hydration and shedding. ProRep Beardie Life has been designed to allow keepers to reproduce this. When sprayed water is absorbed into the substrate and slowly released. By spraying under hides, or in specific areas, it is possible to create local areas of humidity which the animals can use as they need. They may choose to spend the day or night in a humid area, rest there when shedding, or simply dig in the damp areas to gain extra humidity.