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What Substrate Should I Use for a Baby Savannah Monitor?

Discussion in 'Substrates/Bedding/Flooring' started by isaiah, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. isaiah

    isaiah Member

    What is the best substrate to use for a baby savannah monitor? Is 8 inches deep enough for a baby?
  2. diehardislanders

    diehardislanders Elite Member

    Not ideally. Mine went past 8" before he was 2 months old. Can you put up some pictures of the enclosure and some details about humidity and temps for us?
  3. isaiah

    isaiah Member

    the cage is not done yet is eco earth and sand okay?
  4. diehardislanders

    diehardislanders Elite Member

    Eco earth will not hold a burrow. I use regular pure topsoil mixed with sand, about 70/30

    What is he housed in now?
  5. isaiah

    isaiah Member

    I don't have him yet, i'm going to get him when its done.
  6. justor

    justor Elite Member

    Kudos on that.

    Eco-earth will also be more expensive than soil for the amount you will be needing.
  7. TJOHNSON722

    TJOHNSON722 Elite Member

    Awesome. Bravo!! Soil will be cheaper for sure. You just go outside and get some buckets.
  8. Infernalis

    Infernalis Elite Member


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  9. diehardislanders

    diehardislanders Elite Member

    hahahahaha wayne...
  10. isaiah

    isaiah Member

    Should I use a 50/50 mix of sand and soil or 70/30?
  11. Rakoladycz

    Rakoladycz Elite Member

    Disregard the actual number. You aren't going to measure it out. Just mix it to a consistency that clumps well and doesn't just fall apart. Test a bit out by packing it in a bucket and set the bucket on it's side and dig out a little burrow. Does it hold?

    Your sand and your soil may be different. You need to decipher the ratio right for you. I do find it needs to be heavier in the top soil.
  12. isaiah

    isaiah Member

    Thank you all for your advice!

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