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A Poisonous Substrate?

Discussion in 'Substrates/Bedding/Flooring' started by ThatMan, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. ThatMan

    ThatMan Member

    I was at my local pet store yesterday and I noticed that they had fur tree mulch for reptiles... Isn't fur related to pine? Or are they different? I have been doing research and can not find any information regarding how poisonous it is to reptiles.
  2. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    I've often wondered the same thing myself, I always thought it was related to cedar! I will be watching this thread to see what others think about this!
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Fir bark is the stuff sold as reptile bark, orchid bark etc.
    To my knowledge there is no issue with it.
  4. justor

    justor Elite Member

    I'm pretty sure fir is safe to use. fir and pine are both conifers, but they are not related in any way other than that. pine belongs to the genus Pinus, and fir belongs to the genus Abies.

    I have been doing a lot of research into the safety of certain wood products over the last few weeks as I too am building a new enclosure, and I havn't heard anything about fir being harmful. pine and cedar and pressure treated plywood are the ones you really want to avoid.
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Both pine and cedar can be used as building materials since you are going to seal the wood anyway.
    Its as a bedding that they are an issue.

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