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    Want to try new substrate from aspen to ????

    I used aspen for a while now, supply is almost out, would like to switch to something new

    What is the preferred substrate, This will be for my Boa and BP's

    Repti-bark
    Forest Floor
    Eco Earth
    or a combination of the above??

    any opinions on those or one I haven't mentioned??

    @Bogertophis I believe you have said you use Carefresh bedding? Though I could be wrong

    I ended up with a few bags of the brown natural Carefresh bedding I was going to use for my Corn snake. I guessing that would be safe and he would like to be able to burrow around in it?
    He burrows in the Aspen now, but ends up matting it down and I have to fluff it up now and then so he can burrow again

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    Re: Want to try new substrate from aspen to ????

    I really like forest floor and use it for my BP and crested geckos. Holds humidity well without having to soak it, and it's saved me a lot of headaches helping maintain it in a glass enclosure. The only downside is it's a little hard to see snake poop, but as long as you're on top of cleaning that shouldn't be an issue.

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    Re: Want to try new substrate from aspen to ????

    I'm keeping mostly colubrids & yes, I use Carefresh, though it's fairly dense now, so I mix it 50:50 with clean paper shreds (my own business papers shredded- adds "fluff"). I also rely on UTH, and the looser nature of the mixture allows heat to rise easily. FYI, I first line the tank floor with white paper towels (one layer of Bounty)- this makes it easier to roll up & toss when needed, and only my young FL rat snakes ever try to dive underneath the paper towels. (they're "trouble-makers" LOL) Some of my snakes also have humid hides with either damp moss, Reptile Prime, or damp orchid bark- & I live in a fairly humid state also. This is what works well for me & all my snakes, but it may be different for you & yours. That's okay too.
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    Re: Want to try new substrate from aspen to ????

    I love Reptile Prime and Reptichip is really good too.
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    We use Coco here....super easy to spot clean, keeps smell down, great for humidity. Give reptichip a try, or CocoBlox
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    BTW, this question is under 'general herp' so I just want to add that your choice of substrate should be based on what you're keeping- whether or not it needs a more humid home. I keep mostly colubrids, so for me, the paper/Carefresh mix works with modifications as needed. My Aussie spotted python is one that needs & uses a large humid hide, for example, & that seems to be enough for her- I've had her without issues for 11 years or so now.
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    Re: Want to try new substrate from aspen to ????

    I like mixing eco-earth or reptile prime with repti-chips or coco blox.
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    Re: Want to try new substrate from aspen to ????

    I use either aspen or coco husk chips depending on the season. Mississippi is a humid place so aspen really works fine for me year round with maybe a light cage misting once a day during shed cycles. When I do use coconut chips I get ProCoco because itís basically the exact same thing as reptichip at half the price


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