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    aesthetically pleasing substrate mix?

    I've been using coco husk and aspen, but just curious if anyone does a substrate mix that looks and feels more like "real dirt" without being dusty? And maybe is less easy to move around for the ball pythons.

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    aesthetically pleasing substrate mix?

    I use orchid bark ( sometimes called ReptileBark or ReptiBark apparently ) .

    It looks great , natural looking , makes all snakes look fabulous ( OK not MBKs) and holds humidity well .


    In the past I mixed orchid bark with some damp eco earth and that also worked well . You have to keep it damp with regular spraying though ..


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    Re: aesthetically pleasing substrate mix?

    Iíve been considering using a mix of ReptiChip and Reptile Prime when I run out of aspen. Havenít tried it yet though.


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    Re: aesthetically pleasing substrate mix?

    I've been using Reptile Prime exclusively lately and I love it. Even my heavier bodied snakes don't move it around much. And it holds humidity really well.
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    I have been using a blend of eco earth and repti-bark for years. I change the ratio a bit seasonally as well as species to species. I've got no complaints. I'm able to achieve different humidity levels, it spot cleans well, absorbs odor well and looks natural.
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    I also have been very pleased with reptile prime so far, like pulverized reptiback and coco husk if I had to describe it, fibers and dirtlike, very light and fluffy and seems to really help hold humidity.
    There are a few review threads about it on here. The snakes seem to like it and it's easy for them to burrow through.


    My king snake pushes hers around every day lol (and into her water bowl urrg)
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