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Exotic creatures and unusual pets are becoming more and more popular across the UK as people look for alternatives to traditional animal companions. However, looking after exotic pets requires some more complex and careful considerations when it comes to the spaces needed to keep them safe, healthy, and happy. There are lots of options out there, including sand, woodchips, newspaper, and even carpet, but one that has many advantages these others often lack is artificial grass.

Below is a list of some of the most popular exotic pets that more and more Brits are welcoming into their families, alongside an outline detailing exactly why artificial grass would make an excellent addition to their homes.

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Bearded Dragons

This Australian variety of lizard has become increasingly popular as a pet due to its relatively low maintenance. The bearded dragons' distinctive ‘chin’ feature not only gives the lizard its name, but it can also turn black and puff out as a display of aggression or to attract a mate.

Since they can grow up to 60cm in length, bearded dragons need substantial indoor space. According to the RSPCA, the minimum floor space required should be 120cm x 60cm. To cover that kind of area, artificial grass can be an ideal option to line the lower level of any vivarium.

Unlike more conventional choices like sand or newspaper, artificial grass will not need to be disposed of between cleaning sessions, making it much cheaper in the long term and much more time-effective. Cleaning patches of artificial grass is quick and easy with short drying time, and with just one or two strips, you’ll save a lot of time on pet habitat maintenance.


Iguanas are a long-term staple of the exotic pet community - even Homer Simpson’s sister-in-law Selma had one! If you thought that the bearded dragon’s full length was impressive, get ready to be blown away. Iguanas can be almost as long as the average man is tall, stretching to a full two metres in length.

This large size means that iguanas need a lot of space to move around and enjoy the mobility their powerful legs and tail can provide. Artificial grass makes an excellent choice for the base level of this creature’s home. The green colouring makes it much more homely and familiar than alternatives like newspaper, bark, or sand. In addition, the latter can also cause digestive problems if the iguana should accidentally ingest it.

Artificial grass is also far less absorbent than something like newspaper, meaning it will not take in any unpleasant scents. With simple wash and wipe down cleaning options, artificial grass is a much simpler and easier option for the base layer of your iguana’s home.

Corn Snakes

Given the simplicity of their care, the striking patterns of their scales, and their friendly, docile nature, corn snakes can make excellent starting choices for anyone considering reptiles as an animal companion option.

Artificial grass makes an excellent choice for the base layer of a corn snake's vivarium, since sliding between blades of grass is very much the snake’s favourite natural pastime, and the pliable but slightly resistant nature of the artificial fibres can also help with the shedding of scales.

Some British corn snake experts have also praised artificial grass as a storage solution option because of how easy it is to disinfect and dry after a vivarium cleaning session. Options like bark or sand retain moisture and germs, and corn snakes are often vulnerable to respiratory tract infections. With artificial grass' wipe down options, and how little moisture it retains, it makes a perfect home for this critter.

Tree Frogs

Tree frogs are a much smaller option than the previously mentioned reptiles, and they will need much less space as a consequence. However, being an amphibian means that water is going to be something they don’t just need for drinking, but they also require it as an environmental extra. Although tree frogs do like spending a lot of their time bouncing between branches, that doesn’t mean they need no water at all.

This is where artificial grass comes in very useful. It is great as a waterproof base layer option that has the added advantage of closely resembling the hue of the tree frog’s natural habitat, making this tiny creature feel very much at home. In an environment with water involved, other bedding solutions like newspaper, sand, or bark, will get mouldy, wet, and useless very quickly; this is not the case with artificial grass.

Pygmy Hedgehogs

A growing population of these tiny prickly mammals has been making their home in British households over the last few years. In 2012, there were only 100 members of the UK African Pygmy Hedgehog Club. In 2017, that number had risen to over 9,000. These little creatures have much lower space requirements than the previously mentioned lizards, but they also need special care and particular attention, so the last thing you want is a complicated and costly cage lining material.

Unlike guinea pigs or hamsters, for whom artificial grass would be entirely unsuitable, pygmy hedgehogs' diets are rich in protein and low in fat. This means that pygmy hedgehogs are not the kind of animals that would go around ripping up your artificial grass mistaking it for a natural food source.

Exotic pets should be treasured and looked after with great care and affection. If you can spend less time and money on the mundanities of cleaning and disinfecting and more on the love and laughter, while still keeping your animal companion safe and healthy, isn’t that the best of both worlds?

Let artificial grass give your pet the best possible home. Contact us to learn more, or request a sample to see for yourself.

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