Advertisement I recently got some money for Christmas and I plan on getting a bearded dragon. I have kept two in the past, they were actually the first pets I had. They died a few years ago due to constipation. I have since kept other reptiles and have a much better understanding of them. I would like to get another. I would like some care tips, looking back on the care I gave them I am kind of embarrassed as I now realize how bad the care was. I was much younger and didn't understand that I was doing anything wrong. That was me and my parents fault. But, now I think I am ready to meat these needs. My biggest question is what substrate do I use? I know that sand causes impaction and that is what I used in the past. I was given a 20-gallon the other day and it came with a few supplies for bearded dragons such as a reptile carpet. I also need some other tips. Anything that is important I would like to know.