Bearded dragons need substrate that reminds them of their natural environment.
With this varying shrub, bush, and tree growth in their occupied areas, comes a variety of substrates. These range from hard compact clay’s, soil and leaf-litter to that familiar red sand we see in many wildlife documentaries set in the ‘outback’ of Australia. Your beardie’s vivarium and set up will need to reflect their natural habitat.
As our dragons are reptiles of habit and routines in captivity, swapping food source here may confuse them at first. But as they “expect” a good meal in the afternoon. They often end up tucking into the veggies instead.