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    Best substrates for ball pythons?

    I'm going to be getting a ball python in a few months and I was just wondering, what are the best substrates for them? And should you have a dryer substrate with a humidity box or just have a more humid terrarium with no humidity box? There are just so many substrates out there it's hard to choose which one I want to use:|)

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    The best is the one that allow you to provide proper husbandry.

    In a dry climate you want a substrate that allow you to raise humidity (coco coir, coco chips, cypress mulch)

    I a humid climate you might need something that helps low humidity (aspen)

    For an easy daily clean you might want unprinted newspaper.

    Bottom line find the one that works for you.

    Humid box are great for geckos for BP not so much, overall proper humidity is very important not only for shed but to prevent heath issues as well.
    Deborah Stewart

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    Re: Best substrates for ball pythons?

    I use cypress mulch personally but it all depends on your set up and what you need. There is no one "best" substrate.

    If you have your BP in a glass tank with a screen top, definitely go for something that boosts humidity like cypress mulch, coconut fiber, or coconut chips. If you're using a tub, you may be able to get away with using aspen, newspaper, or paper towel depending on how high the humidity is where you live.

    It's always necessary to have the proper levels of humidity throughout the tank (50-65%). A humid box is usually for providing a space with higher than normal humidity to be available for use when a ball python is shedding (ideal humidity during shed is 70-80%).

    Every substrate has its pros and cons, rough summary below:

    Coconut fiber:
    + Holds humidity well
    + Soft for your snake to lie on
    + Looks natural
    - Can be dusty
    - If bought in brick form, needs to be soaked before use

    Cypress mulch and coconut chips:
    + Hold humidity well
    + Look natural
    + Don't mold
    - Pieces are bigger, possibly less comfortable
    - Big/sharp pieces can be dangerous if ingested (that's very unlikely though)

    Aspen:
    +/- Doesn't hold humidity
    + Some snakes like to burrow in it
    + Cheaper than cypress or coconut substrate
    - Molds when wet
    - Looks unnatural

    Paper towel/newspaper
    + Easy to clean
    + Cheap
    + Sanitary (good for when you need to monitor a snake's health and quarantine tanks)
    - Doesn't look great
    - Doesn't hold humidity
    Last edited by Luvyna; 09-08-2019 at 04:56 PM.

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