Zoo Med Eco Earth Loose Coconut Fiber Reptile Substrate

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  • Ideal substrate for naturalistic terrarium type set-ups incorporating reptiles, amphibians, or invertebrates
  • Use damp for tropical species as it naturally absorbs and breaks down odor and waste products
  • Made from an eco-friendly renewable resource, it can also be safely composted or recycled
  • Encourages burrowing, allowing your pet to feel at home in their environment
  • Mist every day to create and maintain the humidity levels

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A Walk on the Wild Side

Zoo Med makes it their mission to provide reptiles and other exotic pets with the very best food, supplements and habitats. This company of passionate hobbyists knows that not all pets are furry with four paws and offers a true understanding of reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. Whether you're new to reptile care and fishkeeping or are an experienced breeder, Zoo Med covers it all.

An Exotic Diet for an Exotic Pet

When it comes to your pet's dinner, the menu consists of worms, crickets and snails galore. Zoo Med offers a wide range of nutritious and tasty food to feed every exotic pet a special diet that's made just for them.

TURTLES AND TORTOISES: From treats to whole diets, Zoo Med provides a nutritional boost to fit any turtle or tortoise want or need.

LIZARDS: For pets like bearded dragons, there's a selection of tasty options, including cans of mealies, grasshoppers and caterpillars and complete pellet diets.

FISH: Your tropical fish enjoys a treat every now and then, and Zoo Med offers a tasty variety to choose from.

FROGS: Including high-protein, sinking pellets that mimic what frogs would eat in the wild, this frog food is just what you need to keep your amphibian jumping.

Give Him an Extra Boost

Because any pet could benefit from a little extra care, Zoo Med makes supplements that will help fortify your exotic pet's health and environment. Feeding him a supplement, in addition to his healthful meal, can be the extra step that it takes to keep your frog, lizard, turtle or fish happy and healthy.

Rest, Relax and Thrive

Every exotic pet needs a place to call their own, and Zoo Med makes it easy to keep them comfortable and thriving.


Mimic the true feel of a tropical or desert climate with lighting that gives reptiles the warmth of a natural habitat. The selection includes long-lasting bulbs that require minimal maintenance and infrared lights that won't disturb sleep patterns.


With bedding made from renewable sources like coconut husks that allow animals to burrow and nest as they would in the wild, consider Zoo Med your source to create a home within your home.

About Zoo Med

Since 1977, Zoo Med has been manufacturing products for reptiles, amphibians, birds and aquatic pets. Led by experience and dedication, they provide truly innovative products, with an emphasis on efficiency and minimizing environmental impact. At Zoo Med, they are never satisfied with the status quo, which is why they constantly strive to bring the latest and greatest options right into the homes of the pet lovers that need them.

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Questions & Answers

46 Customer Questions

Would this be good for hermit crabs? And how much should I put in my 10 gallon tank? (I already have 1 inch of sand in the tank)
Answer by ChewyNov 20, 2018
This substrate would be suitable for Hermit Crabs. For most hermit crabs, 3 to 4 inches of substrate should be enough but a specific dimension isn't the point. It's important that your crab have enough room to completely bury himself. You should base the amount of substrate on the size of your crab.

Is this bedding good for a ball python?
Answer by ChewyMay 30, 2019
This substrate is ideal for naturalistic terrarium-type setups incorporating reptiles (such as a ball python), amphibians or invertebrates. It retains moisture which snakes need for suitable levels of humidity in their tank.

I have an odd question. a lot of people use coconut fiber to let their rats have a safe digging area that doesn't produce harmful dust. Would I be able to use this product as bedding if I wanted to make a natural caged environment for my rats?
Answer by ChewyJun 26, 2019
This substrate was designed for reptiles, however it would be suitable for other small animals, such as rats.

Does this come with more or less substrate then the package of 3 compressed bricks?
Answer by ChewyDec 21, 2019
Each Eco Earth Brick contains 7-8 liters of substrate. The 8 quart bag of loose substrate will contain a little more than a single brick of Eco Earth, and the 24 quart bag should produce a little more substrate than the three bricks combined.

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156 Customer Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Micayla on Nov 11, 2023


Our tortoise really disliked this bedding. We typically buy the Zoo Med Forest Floor Natural Cypress Mulch Reptile Bedding, but it was out of stock, so we went with this bedding as a new option for the time being. When we replaced his bedding, instead of sleeping in his cave, I found him sleeping in his food bowl the next morning (he had never done this before). He also had a difficult time eating as his food and water were covered in dust. I immediately gave him a bath and replaced the bedding only one day later with a backup bag of different bedding that I kept around for emergencies (good thing I did). Zoo Med Forest Floor Natural Cypress Mulch = Yes! Tortoise loves Zoo Med Eco Earth Loose Coconut Fiber Substrate = Nope

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Taylor on Sep 19, 2023

This is awesome

I have a 45lbs sulcata tortoise and I put this in his outside doghouse that he sleeps in at night,I add alot of timothy hay on top.using this allows him to dig a spot like in the wild.It keeps him warm and helps retain the days heat. It sure makes cleaning up in his house easier too.This is great for all size tortoises and won't cause impaction like wood chips.Buy the big bag,you'll love it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on Nov 8, 2023

Love it

Love it. Right moisture when first put into the tank and holds moisture nice.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Bauer on Nov 21, 2023

nice big bag, ready to go

makes a lovely cozy home for a box turtle

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Sheila on Oct 21, 2023

Makes a mess of there food and water

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Liv on Jun 20, 2023

Perfect digging substrate for my hamster

Works perfect for my hamster, she loves digging in it

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By Tiffany on Feb 15, 2023

Not as expected

This is a soft material but was a lot finer than I expected. I feel so-so about it and am not sure I will purchase again.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By peach on Mar 21, 2023

Really great for your hamsters

I use this for my long haired syrian hamster Humphrey and he love it

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Alice on Oct 1, 2022

New Crested Gecko owner first time trying!!

I was told for being the first time crested gecko owner to get the coconut substrate so I looked on chewy and I found this. It's supposed to come today so I'm really looking forward to trying it out and I was wondering if anyone that has had or have a gecko is this a good choice? And if it is will my gecko be a little bit more lively?

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By SugarReptiles on Sep 13, 2022


Dirts good, who doesn’t love good dirt? Also, box cat approved