EXO TERRA Plantation Soil Brick Tropical Terrarium Reptile Substrate, 8-qt, 1 count - Chewy.com

Exo Terra Plantation Soil Brick Tropical Terrarium Reptile Substrate

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Rated 2.6923 out of 5 stars

$5.84Chewy Price
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About This Item


  • In the wild, reptiles burrow to hide, sleep and relieve stress. Exo Terra Substrate is all natural and provides perfect coverage.
  • A vital part of keeping the microclimate in your pet's terrarium balanced and provides nutrition to live plants
  • Ideal for natural terrarium set-ups and perfect for humidity-loving reptiles
  • Stimulates natural digging and burrowing behavior
  • Nutritional substrate for live plants

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Questions & Answers

8 Customer Questions

Can this be used for garden snails?
Answer by ChewyAug 11, 2020
The substrate is safe for all reptiles.

Is this 3 packs that equal 8qt or is it 3 8qt packs?
Answer by ChewyMar 20, 2018
The 3 pack consists of 3 individual 8qt packs.

can I use for dessert tortoise?
Answer by ChewyDec 08, 2020
The reptile types intended for this product are Lizard, Frog & Newt, Tortoise and Bearded Dragon. The substrate can be used for a dessert tortoise.

Can this substrate be used with leopard or fat tail geckos?
Answer by ChewyJun 07, 2019
This substrate is perfect for humidity-loving reptiles.

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Rated 2.6923 out of 5 stars
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Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Tria on Sep 22, 2022

Awful Product

I've used this for years and this has got to be a quality issue...I have had it sitting in water for 3+ hours and one of 9 bricks expanded. I had to take a shovel to break bricks apart and then use hands to break down further...will be looking for alternatives

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Bri1259 on Aug 19, 2022

awful product

This does not absorb water at all. I had to sit and pick apart the bricks with my hands and a knife and it still was not soaking up the water. Biggest waste of money. I’m extremely unhappy with this product and will not be recommending this or buying this ever again. The eco earth bricks by zoo med were much better and I’m upset that they no longer carry them.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Nate on Aug 29, 2022

Does this ever expand?

I bought a few packages of the (3) bricks Hands down the worst coir bricks I’ve come across. I don’t know how long will be waiting for this stuff to expand? The price was too good to be true.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Hayden on Jul 18, 2022

Solid bricks

I ordered three of these because I needed a lot for some projects, worst decision and waste of my money. I did exactly as the instructions told but they won't dissolve into dirt at all, and I can barely split them into layers, even after they've soaked for over a week.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By lexi on May 14, 2022


This soil i was told was great. It is not!!! The package says it will take 30 minutes to dissolve all three blocks. I only need one currently and it is 8:49 pm where i live and i started at 1:30 pm and IT STILL HASNT DISSOLVED INTO DIRT!!! nothing will even come off of the block!! I have tried cold water and boiling hot water and NOTHING has worked!!!

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Alyssia on May 29, 2022

Defective soil

Have bought for 9 years. Always expands fully within 30 mins. The last 2 orders do not expand at all. Remain a solid brick. Absorbing the water but never breaking apart. Chewy sent a replacement and the replacement was defective as well. Chewy issued a refund.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Acie on Mar 19, 2022

If u’re wanting soil

This is great if ur wanting soil. It is time consuming but worth it. Takes a few days to dry out.. but perfect for moist hides. I find I prefer coco fiber. It’s less messy. But the soil is nice quality. 1 brick makes a bucket of soil

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By YerichHunt on Feb 20, 2022

If I could rate it 0/5, I would.

I've purchased these before and I was impressed.... but something changed and not for good. I soaked the first block for 3 days and it was still ROCK HARD. The second block i poured boiling water on and let it sit until the water was cool enough to touch, still rock hard and extremely difficult to separate. I ended up throwing them away.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Keith on Mar 28, 2022

Horrible product

This stuff does not expand when soaked even for hours and hours. I had to use a chisel to separate the brick. Spent 2 hours breaking the bricks up by hand. This product should be pulled.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By jesssanchez2 on May 22, 2022


Absolutely the best substrate for my turtles and for such a great price