- Reptile Carpet from Carolina Custom Cages is a substrate that not only looks good, but is healthier for your reptile than most alternatives. Reptiles such as bearded dragons face substantial risk of impaction from injesting sand, walnut shells, wood chips, bark, shavings and other such particulate substrates. Colors include Olive, Kelly Green, Cashmere Tan, Cadet Blue, Copper Canyon, Brilliant Blue, Goldenrod, Sandstone, Walnut and Candy Pink.
- Reptile Carpet is made from recycled plastic and is machine washable! This makes it much easier to keep clean than sand and similar substrates. Years ago, we tried sand; thinking it would be practical like kitty litter. We soon discovered that although the solids were scoopable, the wet part seeps to the bottom; growing bacteria. Then, the only way to clean it was to dump it all out and wipe the cage bottom with an antibacterial cleaner. Replacement became time-consuming and uneconomical.
- Most of our customers just pick off poop with a paper towel and then wash the Reptile Carpet after about 3 days; depending on the degree of soiling. Machine wash in non-scented, hypo allergenic detergent for safest results. You may machine dry on low heat, but we find that after washer’s spin cycle, the Reptile Carpet is essentially dry. So we simply remove and smooth out on a table top and it’s ready to use in a few minutes.
- Reptile Carpet comes in 24″ x 36″ pieces which fit our Carolina Custom Cage 24D model, or cut 6″ narrower for the 18D model cage. Larger habitats can be covered using overlapping pieces. Also consider our Reptile Carpet Anchors (listed separately). Adhesive-backed squares are positioned around the perimeter of your reptile habitat. Little hooks on the top sides grip and hold your reptile carpet in place. Easy to detach your reptile carpet by hand later when it’s time for the washing machine.
- We have used other brand reptile carpets before and in the beginning may have been inclined to assume that “thicker is better”. However, in our experience that was just not the case. Reptile Carpet feels like felt, but is more durable than felt and does not have the problems noticed with the other products; for example: reptile claws getting tangled in their Velcro-like surface, “too thick material” develops excessive wrinkles with washing (“balling up”) and even the necessity of having to pick off debris by hand that remains attached after going through the washing machine. We also like the different colors available with the Reptile Carpet. Maybe a thicker material could last longer, but we feel that the disadvantages far outweigh that possibility. Besides, with the Reptile Carpet’s different colors, we enjoy giving our dragons’ homes a “fresh look” with another color after a time.