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Best Substrate to Use

Discussion in 'Kingsnakes' started by SurvivorSteph, Sep 18, 2008.

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  1. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    I'd like to know what snake keepers feel is an acceptable (or even the best) substrate to use. The breeder recommended CoCo Soft, but the book I bought recommends sand, specifically T-Rex calci sand. I have no intention of feeding in-cage, so is this a viable substrate?

    I know that I could search for the answer, but quite frankly, I'm lazy tonight. :p
     
  2. Dominick

    Dominick Founding Member

    I think non-particulate is the best and safest option, but you already knew that. ;-)
     
  3. JohnC

    JohnC Elite Member

    I use newspaper.
     
  4. MoogleBass

    MoogleBass Kittes are so nice! Premium Member

    Newspaper, paper towel, or aspen. They are all good.
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Plain newspaper or aspen. I use aspen.
    Hmmmm and I wonder who paid for the printing of THAT book!:rolleyes:
    I wouldn't put any kind of sand in a kingsnake cage!
     
  6. DollemanH

    DollemanH Elite Member

    I have always used old burlap sacks they are inexpensive and you can throw them in the wash with mild detergent.
     
  7. Albino_O

    Albino_O Member

  8. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    Is aspen better than coco fiber?
     
  9. tsuch21

    tsuch21 Elite Member

    I don't know will someone answer that please? I would like to know also.
     
  10. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I've never used the coco fiber but since it is used in so many high humidity situatiions I would suspect that it might hold a bit too much moistures for a king.
    I have used aspen forever!
     
  11. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    Good reasoning. I put the cocofiber in dry and live in a dry environment, but I'll switch to Aspen when I clean his cage.

    Thanks, Merlin!
     
  12. tsuch21

    tsuch21 Elite Member

    What if the coco is really dry? Is aspen gonna make a difference?
     
  13. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    It still holds in the humidity.
     
  14. joeking

    joeking Elite Member

    Safest: paper towel.
    Otherwise: aspen or reptile bark.
    What I use? Ceramic tile or shelf liner with a planter with reptile bark so he can dig when he likes.
     
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