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Josh's Frogs DESERT BioBedding Bioactive Substrate (4 quarts)


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About This Product

Desert BioBedding is the perfect substrate for your desert or arid bioactive encolsure. It's ideal for leopard geckos, fat tail geckos, bearded dragons, many monitor species, and many other herps and inverts.

This substrate is a unique blend of ingredients designed to jump-start the bioactive environment. It helps to maintain a low level of humidity, yet retains moisture in a way to easily provide humid hides and support a community of cleaner invertebrates and beneficial organisms.

  • Tank stays cleaner due to bioactive cycle
  • Less substrate changes, which is less stressful on your pet
  • Closer to replicating your pet’s natural habitat
  • More attractive than traditional substrates

How to Prep:


For semi-arid species, such as leopard or fat tail geckos, place 1 inch of Desert BioBedding on the floor if your enclosure. Add a small amount of dechlorinated or R/O water until the bottom inch of the substrate sticks together when squeezed, but no water runs out. Then, add another 2-3 inches of dry Desert BioBedding on top. More can be used to facilitate digging in burrowing species. This substrate does not require a drainage layer. Instead, add water underneath a humid hide every 1-2 months, as needed, to keep the bottom layer moist. Over time, the top layer will develop a crust due to the mist/dry cycle. Mist very lightly every day, ensuring to mist the substrate under the hide directly.

For full sand/high desert species, apply a 1-2 inch layer of Desert BioBedding to the bottom of your enclosure. Add water so that the substrate sticks together when squeezed, but does not leak water. Create 4 inch tall mounds with the damp substrate where humid hides and plants will be, then fill the space between with sand.

Do not place a heating pad on the bottom of the tank with this substrate. 

Recommended Animals: 

  • Bearded dragons
  • Leopard geckos
  • Fat-Tail geckos
  • Semi-Arid Monitors

Recommended Plants: Succulents and Cacti, such as Aloe, Sempervivum, Crassula, and other non-spikey semi-arid and arid plants.Or check out our Desert Plant Kits!

  • 10g / 18x18 Desert Plant Kit
  • 20L / 29g / 24x18 Desert Plant Kit
  • 40B / 36x18 Desert Plant Kit
  • 48x18 LARGE Desert Plant Kit

Suitable for Misted Setups: Yes- make sure to mist lightly in the evening. This will result in the top of the substrate developing a mild 'crust', much like in nature. Mist the base of any plants and humid hides directly. Substrate under humid hides and the bottom 1 inch of the enclosure substrate should remain moist.

Care: Desert BioBedding is a naturalistic vivarium substrate and is meant to house a bioactive clean-up crew! Stir the surface of Desert BioBedding every 1-2 weeks with a fork, or if waste is visible. Burying waste allows microfauna to process it quicker. Change the substrate when it begins to break down, typically after several years. Please note that Desert BioBedding is designed to grow fungi—this is not a sign of a dirty tank, but of a healthy, clean bioactive environment.

4 quart bag measures ~9"L x 2"W x 13"H

Not sure if this is the right substrate for your pet? Josh's Frogs also offers a variety of other options that you can find HERE!

WARNING: This product can expose you to a chemical (silica), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to


This product ships to your doorstep. Most orders placed before 2pm ET on business days will ship out the same day.

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My uromastyx loves it!

My uromastyx loved this bedding! It is perfect for her to dig around in and do lizard things. I highly recommend this bedding to anyone with desert species.

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