Zoo Med Excavator Clay Burrowing Reptile Substrate

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  • All-natural and made with zero dyes or chemicals.
  • Helps encourage reptiles to satisfy their natural burrowing and digging instincts.
  • Mimics your reptile’s natural habitat.
  • Allows you to construct mounds and tunnels for your pet’s enjoyment.
  • Holds the shape of tunnels to help prevent them from collapsing.

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Questions & Answers

23 Customer Questions

Is this bag enough for a 40-gallon terrarium? Would I have enough to make hides too? Can a leopard gecko go in the substrate while it's drying?
Answer by ChewyApr 03, 2020
Depending on the amount of tunnels wanted, two 10 pound bags of excavator clay may be suitable for a 40 gallon tank. it is recommended to set up your leopard gecko in a temporary tank until the excavator is completely dry. A heat lamp may be placed over the excavator to help it dry faster.

Could I use this for a salamander to burrow in?
Answer by ChewyFeb 05, 2020
This substrate is not recommended for salamanders.

How would you remove this from a glass tank after it has hardened without damaging the glass?
Answer by ChewyJun 10, 2019
To change the shape of the substrate or remove it, remove all reptiles from your terrarium. Then mist the substrate with water to soften it enough to mold or remove.

How long for it to dry?
Answer by ChewyMay 20, 2021
The dry time of the excavator clay depends on how much water was used and how thick a layer of excavator is placed. To speed up the dry time you can always put a fan or a heat lamp over the tank to help.

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Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Lance on Dec 5, 2023

not what I was hoping for

Very difficult to work with and honestly falls apart very easily. I can see it working for letting reptiles burrow themselves if they can have high humidity because otherwise the humidity from this stuff will skyrocket in your enclosure.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By frenchy on Sep 5, 2023

Takes forever to dry

I like this idea and let it dry for over 10 hours and it was still wet. Drying "overnight" generally means 6-8 hours. So thats untrue. Id say expect it to take 24 hours to dry fully. I had no choice but to put my bearded dragon back in the tank as i have no other enclosure for her and its colder in my house. Also, 1 bag would maybe do a 30 gallon or smaller. I have a 40 gallon and it almost covered the bottom in a slightly thin layer. Not sure if i want to buy more of this to finish the tank.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Victoria on Nov 30, 2023

Great service!

Great service and products! My son's bearded dragon loves his new substrate!