Exo Terra Sand Mat Desert Terrarium Reptile Substrate

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Rated 3.5918 out of 5 stars
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About This Item

  • Substrate is necessary to the health and well-being of your pet because it absorbs waste, helps control humidity levels and encourages burrowing.
  • A safe, hygienic substrate substitute that is sturdy, easily removable and easy to clean.
  • Cannot be accidentally ingested like loose sand or soil.
  • Natural desert look.
  • Ideal as quarantine substrate.

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Questions & Answers

20 Customer Questions


what is the width of the 47.7 inch matt?
Answer by ChewyAug 30, 2018
The 47.5 inch mat measures 47.5 inches long x 17.5 inches wide. The 11 inch mat measures 11 inches long x 11 inches wide. The 17 inch mat measures 17 inches long x 17 inches wide. The 19.5 inch mat measures 19.5 inches long x 9.75 inches wide. The 23 inch mat measures 23 inches long x 17 inches wide. The 29.5 inch mat measures 29.5 inches long x 11.75 inches wide. The 35.5 inch mat measures 35.5 inches long x 17.5 inches wide.

is this for a 40 gallon breeder or just a regular 40
Answer by ChewyJan 18, 2018
The Reptile Substrate can be used for a regular or breeder 40 gallon tank.

What is the width of the 23 and 29 inch ones? Im not sure how much gallons my tank is for my bearded dragon.
Answer by ChewySep 30, 2019
For this Substrate, the width of the 11 inch is 11 inches, the width of the 17 inch is 17 inches, the width of the 19.5 inch is 9.75 inches, the width of the 23 inch is 17 inches, the width of the 29.5 inch is 11.75 inches, the width of the 35.5 inch is 17.5 inches, the width of the 47.5 inch is 17.5 inches.

Hello, I have a Leopard Gecko and was wondering if I could transition them from a normal reptile carpet to this without the Leo feeling discomfort.
Answer by ChewyJan 11, 2022
This is suitable for all desert reptiles including leopard geckos. While individual preference may vary, this substrate is designed to absorb waste, helps control humidity levels and encourages burrowing.


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49 Customer Reviews



Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By JJWalker on Mar 28, 2022

Exo Terra Sand Mat, Disappointed!

Mat came damaged with lots of the substrate that was glued on mat come off and was laying on bottom of box. Before i can even use it,it is no more than a thick sheet of sandpaper.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Meredith on Sep 18, 2021

Great product!

I've used this with my leopard gecko for over a year now and it looks fantastic! There is some sand that falls off initially, but it does not leave the mat bare like some reviews say. It looks really good and doesn't run any risk of impaction like loose substrates can or any risk of toes or chins snagging like on a regular carpet. The main drawback is definitely that it is nearly impossible to clean! My gecko is nice enough to poop all in one corner so it wasn't too difficult to chip off once it dried, but it is a pain! So other than having to replace it after a while when it gets too dirty, I have no complaints with this product!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By mason on Oct 2, 2021

Be careful which reptile you use this with

I do like this product, but you need to be a little careful to avoid possible impaction. I bought mine for my leopard gecko. I had to thoroughly bush it off to get any loose substrate off. I personally would not use this with a reptile like a bearded dragon; way too risky. But I think it works well for a leopard gecko if properly prepared.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By MikiP on Aug 21, 2021

Changed the scenery nicely

This was easy to unroll (I did it out back just in case a few rocks fell), and once I put it in their habitat, it changed the whole scenery! We had sand, then bark, then paper towels, all trying to find the safest for our little guy and gal, and they LOVE this desert substrate! We followed other posts and put it only in some of the habitat, leaving the front and their normal waste area with easy to switch out paper towels.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Desert on Dec 5, 2021

Life like for my lizard

My beardies loves it! Looks like real desert ground. Size is perfect for easy installation.


Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By HD1223 on Apr 11, 2021

Not good for beardies

The sand on this mat was really loose and the chunks coming off just from opening the box were large pebble sized. If your dragon were to eat that they could get an awful impaction. I don’t recommend this product for bearded dragons even though it appears in the bearded dragon search listings. I don’t know if it’d be beneficial to any other reptiles, I only own and am educated on bearded dragons. Newspaper or a mat is much better and safer for your dragon as long as you are a good pet owner and keep the tank cleaned regularly.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Brenton on Mar 22, 2021

This stuff is excellent

I absolutely would recommend this stuff. It gives a nice aesthetic value to any setup, and really helps complete the look for those looking to bring the desert into their homes. Has an added side benefit of serving as a natural file for your reptile's claws. Comes in several very useable sizes, and it is reusable. It can even be lightly washed under low water pressure to keep it clean. 5 star product and Chewy has very competitive prices. Only thing I would say is shipping can take a few days so order a week ahead if you know you'll need it.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Maryj on Jul 4, 2021

Great product

I have bought this more then once this is what I use for my bearded dragon and it lasts a long time and easy to wash off


Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Merissab on May 6, 2021
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looks nice but messy

Looks very nice but it is messy and hard to clean. Make sure to scrub it first as there are a lot of loose pieces you want to knock off. I think for what it is, it’s overpriced


Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on Apr 30, 2021

I'm kinda iffy on this

I thought it would be longer than it is... I have a long tank for my bearded dragon and had to end up cutting this but no biggie it still does the job.