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Posted by poetichusky on May 09, 2003 at 18:25:31:
In Reply to: ZooMed Forest Floor Bedding? posted by jtatarin on May 09, 2003 at 16:52:44:
I work at a PetSmart and I believe I have seen this bedding close up. It looks as if it contains pine, which is also toxic to reptiles. It also smelled like cedar, which could be what cypress smells like, considering the website says that it's made of cypress. I really wouldn't trust it. I've heard people swear by aspen, as they think it's the best. You could always go to a local hardware store and pick up cypress mulch. Cypress will hold more moisture as opposed to aspen, which will help with the snake's sheds. As for this forest bedding, I would take a look at it more closely and see if it says on the bag what's in it. It's hard to tell online, but I believe that, that is the stuff I saw at my PetSmart. Personally, I use Zoo Med's Repti Cage Carpet for all my herps. I have spares I keep clean and rotate them, taking the dirty ones out and putting clean ones immediately in, then washing the dirty ones. However, if you have alot, like I do, it's less expensive to go to a hardware store and buy indoor/outdoor carpet and cutting it to the appropriate size, as it's the same stuff as the Zoo Med Repti Cage Carpet. Zoo Med's carpet is pre cut. Newspaper also works well too, although not as attractive. But, if you are set on a wood chip type substrate, I would go for aspen or cypress mulch. I'm not an expert, but I hope this helped.