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    Re: Cypress mulch vs aspen

    Need to nuke the mulch first.

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    Re: Cypress mulch vs aspen

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    Re: Cypress mulch vs aspen

    Spring tails are the thing that eat poop They're small and jump around a lot, and they're super common in moisture-holding substrates. They are helpful for keeping poop levels down in planted cages, but it's unusual for them to hang out in rack systems. Tubs usually get cleaned out too often for them to settle in and build up a large population. Letting the mulch dry out more before putting it in can help keep the springtails from getting out of hand.

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    A layer of newspaper and i mix reptibark, eco earth and aspen together and makeva small layer with that.

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    Re: Cypress mulch vs aspen

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    Need to nuke the mulch first.

    Hold on. You can microwave the mulch?

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    Question Re: Cypress mulch vs aspen

    Hello everyone.
    I am new here and I am looking forward to learning and sharing my expectances with my Ball Python named Caesar. I must admit I am not a person who raises snakes. I only have this one and he is such a great and Yes loving animal I have had. He seems to look forward to me getting him out of his domain and spends hours with me watching tv till it is time for me to go to bed and he goes back to his cage for the night.
    I currently have his aspen in his terrarium but I have been reading and watching a lot of videos on how I can better take care of my buddy. I am currently thinking of changing his substrate to Cypress mulch. I would love to hear from you all as to what you think about moving a ball python from aspen to Cypress mulch. One thing I keep reading about is making sure he does not ingest any of that substrate. How do I go about making sure he does not accidentally eat any of it?
    I am really interested in what you all have to say about that subject matter. I doesn't matter if you are a breeder or just have one or two snakes as pets. I only want to make my Caesar as happy and comfortable as I can.

    Thank you in advance for your responses

    Tom Shepherd

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    Re: Cypress mulch vs aspen

    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshi1950 View Post
    Hello everyone.
    I am new here and I am looking forward to learning and sharing my expectances with my Ball Python named Caesar. I must admit I am not a person who raises snakes. I only have this one and he is such a great and Yes loving animal I have had. He seems to look forward to me getting him out of his domain and spends hours with me watching tv till it is time for me to go to bed and he goes back to his cage for the night.
    I currently have his aspen in his terrarium but I have been reading and watching a lot of videos on how I can better take care of my buddy. I am currently thinking of changing his substrate to Cypress mulch. I would love to hear from you all as to what you think about moving a ball python from aspen to Cypress mulch. One thing I keep reading about is making sure he does not ingest any of that substrate. How do I go about making sure he does not accidentally eat any of it?
    I am really interested in what you all have to say about that subject matter. I doesn't matter if you are a breeder or just have one or two snakes as pets. I only want to make my Caesar as happy and comfortable as I can.

    Thank you in advance for your responses

    Tom Shepherd
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    Welcome to the forum. This is a very old thread you’ve replied to. You may want to start a new thread introducing yourself and Caesar. You’ll probably get more replies to your inquiry as well. I personally like Reptile Prime or Reptichip substrate for all my snakes. I’ve never had a snake ingest enough substrate to cause any issues and I feed them on it all the time. Best wishes with your new BP. My first snake was a BP named Caesar too. That was decades ago and it’s pretty cool to see it happening again with someone else.
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    Re: Cypress mulch vs aspen

    I live in a relatively humid area so I don't really have to worry about humidity in my enclosure.
    I have used both substrates for a long time and never had issues with either. Snakes have shed fine on both substrates.

    If humidity is an issue for you, that might affect your decision but other than that I think it is a mater of preference.

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