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    Best substrate for ball pythons

    Hi all,

    what does everyone suggest for a substrate that will hold humidity? I have a pastel firefly ball python and her shedding has been rough. Iím getting closer with covering the top 1/2 of her screened top and misting, but I think something that holds moisture will also help. Thanks in advance for any ideas. Oh and is it typical for her to be really grumpy during shedding?

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    Proper enclosure helps most.
    You will need to cover most of your screen top to get close to where you need to be.
    Eco earth holds a lot of moisture.

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    I use a blend of Eco Earth and ReptiBark. It holds humidity well, spot cleans easy, retains odor and looks naturalistic.

    You can also add a larger or second water bowl to help with humidity.
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    My vet told me specifically to avoid Eco Earth and switch over to Cypress mulch to help keep a higher humidity and prevent any dust getting into the snakeís mouth/lungs. Thatís what I was told

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    Re: Best substrate for ball pythons

    Quote Originally Posted by ImOtterHere View Post
    My vet told me specifically to avoid Eco Earth and switch over to Cypress mulch to help keep a higher humidity and prevent any dust getting into the snakeís mouth/lungs. Thatís what I was told
    Is your vet an exotics vet who specializes in reptiles? Or I your vet a typical cat/dog vet that sees exotics as well?

    I only ask because I know of countless keepers and breeders who have decades of experience with thousands of snakes, myself included, who use Eco Earth and have for years.
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    There is no "best." There is only "best for your situation."

    People like me who live in the south can get a away with paper and bowl of water. People elsewhere may need something like mulch to increase humidity.
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    I use forest Floor. Its Cypress Mulch.

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