For Christmas, I got a $50 gift certificate to my favorite local pet store. Don't spend it all in one place, you say? Bah. That's exactly what I did this afternoon. For Hyperion, my Sonoran gopher snake who is currently on paper towel with <40% humidity and day temps from 88F (basking spot) to 85F (warm side) to 78F (cool side) and 74F at night, I bought some cypress mulch. For photos, check out my album.[/edit] The thought process was that he's had some very minor issues with end-of-tail shedding his last two sheds (he's old skin free now, by the way) and I thought that cypress mulch might be a good idea. I'm now second-guessing myself on that and wondering if he should be on aspen, to keep his humidity down. Thoughts? Should I try out the cypress? Should I switch to aspen? Should I alternate the two, busting out the cypress when he's getting blue? Should I do something I didn't mention? Before I use the cypress, assuming I do use the cypress, should I bake it first? Just the regular drill, an hour at 300F? Cover it? Thanks!