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RE: Substrate

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Posted by: markg at Wed Dec 4 14:58:08 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]  
   

Fir bark is kiln dried, and bark is not very oily, so you would not have a problem anyway. It is the aromatic oils that are bad. Fir has alot less compared to pines and cedars.

Still, I would stay away from bark for other reasons. I think aspen is better for baby boas if you want to use a particulate substrate. Otherwise use paper. Uline sells dimpled packing paper that works really well, and it has texture for the snake to crawl on. Newspaper is good. Even the gray packing paper from Home Depot is good (it is essentially unprinted newspaper) if you use a few sheets. Then put in a piece of cork bark.

Boas are not really spot-cleaned. Most of the time the cage stays clean. Then when they go, they go big. So you end up cleaning alot of the cage at that time. Between those events, there is no cleaning - could be weeks.

Don't overfeed. Once every 10 days seems about right depending on factors. Consider a radiant heat panel once the boa gets bigger. Best heaters out there for heavy-bodied snakes.



   

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