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RE: Sheltopusik bedding?

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Posted by: greenpinkie at Tue Oct 30 23:09:12 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by greenpinkie ]  
   

Hi Ryan,
We keep ours in shredded aspen. I think ZooMed sells it under the name Snake Bedding. It's a different texture from shaved aspen, which is much cheaper. We pour in a lot and pack it down by hand to about 5-6" high. The lizard likes it because she can tunnel and actually construct a burrow that holds its shape. It's cool because we can watch her plan where she wants to have an entryway in which to hang out, such as positioning herself to hunt whatever falls into her mealworm bowl. Originally, mixed in peat, but it just made her look dirty and seemed to get in her eyes. We also tried mixing in orchid bark but it made the substrate less able to hold the shape of her tunnels.
Every morning we mist the enclosure and spray enough water that some dribbles off the rocks. When she's going into a shed, we spray a bit more. This seems to result in the right amount of ground moisture and humidity for her -- not too much.
Another reason I like the aspen is that it is a non-toxic, fast growing wood and therefore more renewable and sustainably grown and harvested than a lot of the alternatives.
Hope that helps.


   

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