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Zoo Med Forest Floor Natural Cypress Mulch Reptile Bedding

Zoo Med Forest Floor Natural Cypress Mulch Reptile Bedding

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    Perfect for Cherryheads

    By TMJR on Oct 11, 2018

    We use this for our cherryhead tortoises. Easy to clean..no mold..and they love to dig in it. Will never use a different product.

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    MITE INFESTED

    By rockmissjess on Oct 7, 2018

    I have bought this for awhile... the last batch i just bought along with a NEW baby ball python... the last two weeks the new baby refused to eat... i had no idea why so i figured i would put in new substrate when i picked up his hide it was covered in wood mites! the substrate came infested! check all I have bought this for awhile... the last batch i just bought along with a NEW baby ball python... the last two weeks the new baby refused to eat... i had no idea why so i figured i would put in new substrate when i picked up his hide it was covered in wood mites! the substrate came infested! check all 5 of my other balls tanks to be sure it was the substrate and YUP all of them infested! I just spent the last 3 hours throwing every hide and substrate away, cleaning and spraying mite spray... now my snakes are sitting in their tanks with flowerpots and newspapers and glass and plastic bowls for water until i can afford to buy them all new hides (not made of wood) and try and find a non wood substrate for them.. this MAKES ME SO ANGRY! 3 BAGS OF 24 QT SUBSTRATE WASTED! $$$!! I HOPE MY SNAKES WILL BE OKAY! … more

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    We don't have our turtle yet but it looks like it will work OK.

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    I normally use Jungle Mix substrate for my blue tongue skink but that was getting expensive (About a dollar per quart). I heard a lot of good things about using cypress mulch as a substrate for skinks. The price is definitely much more affordable. If you have a blue tongue that requires a higher than average humidity, like mine which is a Merauke blue tongue, you will need to mist the substrate daily to keep the humidity up which can be an inconvenience unless you buy a mist machine. And for what it is, I wouldn't let a young child handle this substrate as it is prickly and has some sharp edges. I was at first concerned if it will poke my skink's eye or scratch him but so far, so good. I normally use Jungle Mix substrate for my blue tongue skink but that was getting expensive (About a dollar per quart). I heard a lot of good things about using cypress mulch as a substrate for skinks. The price is definitely much more affordable. If you have a blue tongue that requires a higher than average humidity, like mine which is a Merauke blue tongue, you will need to mist the substrate daily to keep the humidity up which can be an inconvenience unless you buy a mist machine. And for what it is, I wouldn't let a young child handle this substrate as it is prickly and has some sharp edges. I was at first concerned if it will poke my skink's eye or scratch him but so far, so good. He is a tough little dude. However, it appears that he still prefer the peat moss over this as he is not burrowing as much as he normally would. For now, I will finish this bag and wait and see before making a final decision of whether or not I will be staying with this substrate. For the price and quantity, it's a good buy from Chewy for anyone who is set to use this type of bedding. … more

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