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Hmmm...Is Newspaper As Good A Substrate As We Think


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Posted by Sonya on May 11, 2003 at 19:13:28:

In Reply to: Hmmm...Is Newspaper As Good A Substrate As We Think posted by woodheadd on May 11, 2003 at 18:18:30:

::Hey everyone... Happy Mother's Day to you all including our slithery friends. Something came to mind today as I was cleaning the cages of my corns and kings. I use newspaper as there substrate because I have them all in sweater bins. However, as I was laying the clean newspaper to each of the cages I notice that I would have ink on my fingers. Now I don't know if it was because I was using the New York City Daily News but has anyone notice this before? Is it possible that the ink cAn also be going into our snake's blood stream and may possibly getting them sick?I know this is an outrageous thought but whats your opinion?- ELvy

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:::I also use newspaper and get the ink on my finger tips occasionally , also i have had it on the tops of snake heads that lay under the paper.I have had no problems,Someone needs to come up with giant paper towels that are cheap and can cut to size


Well, in the US the ink is lead free since the mid '80s. And anything I have read seems to indicate that much of the rest of the toxicity is only with fresh wet ink. Many papers use a soy based ink now.....call or write and ask if that one does. I personally found as much for as against and use it for my bigger snakes especially the ones that like to wad up the paper towel and dunk in the water dish on a daily basis. They don't do it with newspaper.
Sonya



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