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Post by Pareeeee on Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:36 pm

Some people don't realize that certain substrates can be unhealthy for their Rosy Boa. Here are a few to avoid:

Cedar - Toxic! Stay away from at all costs. Can cause respiratory infections.
Pine - Almost as toxic as Cedar! Stay away from at all costs. Can cause respiratory infections.
Sand - Can cause scale damage, impaction if accidentally ingested, eye irritation, respiratory infections.
Cypress Mulch - Too humid, meant for snakes such as Ball Pythons which require high humidity levels
Moss - too humid

What to use???

Aspen - most popular, substrate allows the snake to burrow, makes the snake feel "safe".
Carefresh - substrate allows the snake to burrow, makes the snake feel "safe".
(remember, if you use either of these, it is recommended that you feed your snake in a separate tub to avoid consumption of the substrate)

Paper Towels - for the lazy, easy to clean. Lacks the stimulation that burrowing substrate provides
Unprinted Newspaper - for the lazy, also easy to clean. Lacks the stimulation that burrowing substrate provides
Repti-carpet - more difficult to clean than paper towels or newspaper, lacks the stimulation that burrowing substrate provides

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Re: Substrate/Bedding to stay away from

Post by frogmom on Wed Oct 03, 2012 4:43 pm

I have always used paper toweling but just tried out natural Carefresh for the first time in all of the enclosures.

The Rosy Boas seem to love tunneling in it !!!!

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Re: Substrate/Bedding to stay away from

Post by Pareeeee on Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:07 am

frogmom wrote:I have always used paper toweling but just tried out natural Carefresh for the first time in all of the enclosures.

The Rosy Boas seem to love tunneling in it !!!!

They do love bedding don't they? I will be switching to aspen soon, from the carefresh-type stuff I am using now. I remember when I first gave him this stuff, he spent the first hour or two going around and around his tank above, under, above and under the bedding. That's when I decided I would never use paper towel or newspapers, he was so happy to be able to burrow!

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Re: Substrate/Bedding to stay away from

Post by 8bitSkin on Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:50 pm

I noticed you didn't list coir fiber. My RB loves tunneling through it. I've never had any complications with it (compaction, irritation, etc) and it is easy to spot clean in between full cleanings.

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Re: Substrate/Bedding to stay away from

Post by frogmom on Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:58 am

is coir fiber " coconut " fiber like Eco Earth substrate ?

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Re: Substrate/Bedding to stay away from

Post by 8bitSkin on Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:30 pm

frogmom wrote:is coir fiber " coconut " fiber like Eco Earth substrate ?

Yeah, it is the coconut fiber. I love it b/c it comes in such a small brick and yields so much once it has expanded.

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Re: Substrate/Bedding to stay away from

Post by FuzzyBucket on Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:16 pm

doesnt the cocounut fiber stuff make humidity though? thats what i thot it was for
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Re: Substrate/Bedding to stay away from

Post by frogmom on Sun Oct 07, 2012 8:33 am

FuzzyBucket wrote:doesnt the cocounut fiber stuff make humidity though? thats what i thot it was for

He must expand it with water first and then let it dry for use with the rosy ?

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Re: Substrate/Bedding to stay away from

Post by 8bitSkin on Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:16 pm

yeah, i do let it thoroughly dry out.

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