Why does he keep biting the mat

So my bearded dragon had paper towel substrate for a while but we decided to get him a zen mat. We put it in and he was ok for a bit but then started biting and locking it. This is not normal behavior for him so I pit in paper towels over it fearing he would hurt himself. I'm not sure why he was biting it? Can someone give me some advice I'm a new bearded owner.
 

xp29

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Zen , Ruby ,Snicker Doodles, Sweet Pea, Sinatra
Beardies can do weird stuff, I've had several that trys to eat rocks.
 

KarrieRee

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Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
So my bearded dragon had paper towel substrate for a while but we decided to get him a zen mat. We put it in and he was ok for a bit but then started biting and locking it. This is not normal behavior for him so I pit in paper towels over it fearing he would hurt himself. I'm not sure why he was biting it? Can someone give me some advice I'm a new bearded owner.
What are you giving for supplements? When they do this they are lacking something in the diet-
 

Cheeseball Reptiles

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What are you giving for supplements? When they do this they are lacking something in the diet-
I gut load his crickets with calcium and dust them to. He eats lots of veggies sprinkled with reptivite vitamins, wich a few people reccomended to me for overall health benefits. I don't think I'm missing anything? But I'm a new beardie owner and I'm not sure
 

KarrieRee

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Beardie name(s)
Hiccup he is 6 and Blaze is 4
I gut load his crickets with calcium and dust them to. He eats lots of veggies sprinkled with reptivite vitamins, wich a few people reccomended to me for overall health benefits. I don't think I'm missing anything? But I'm a new beardie owner and I'm not sure
How old is the dragon - how often are you giving calcium and is it d 3?
 

AHBD

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In some cases that behavior might be linked to a lack of some nutrient but for many it's just a silly fixation.
 

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