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Posted by Rob Carmichael on September 22, 2002 at 10:35:28:
In Reply to: substrate questions posted by maveric169 on August 06, 2002 at 05:06:09:
You are right, many people use pine shavings with great results. I have also know of many herps who have developed respiratory problems from the dust caused by the shavings. Cypress mulch is popular but I don't like to encourage the destruction of our dwindling cypress swamps. Instead, you might consider a product called Sani-chips. It is a hardwood bedding that consists of granular "chips" that are safe if ingested in small amounts. Any of these beddings can be harmful if swallowed so use caution. Aspen bedding is another very popular choice and we have used it for some of our burrowing species and have never had any problems with it. If you use pine just keep a close eye on your reptiles to make sure that they don't develop any problems.
:Ok, here is the deal. I have a fairly large collection of snakes, and I am concerned about all of the confliting information on bedding types. I am currently using screened pine shavings in all of my cages as are many of the worlds top breaders. But recently I have read online that pine shaving may cause health problems, and as such I am considering changing to cypress mulch if I can find a retailer for it in bulk. (I go through approx 2.5cu/ft per month).
:I would like some of your all's thoughts on this. I have reasearched and nearly everyone seems to agree on cypress as a good substrate, while no one seems to be able to agree on pine or aspen. I would appreciate anyones thoughts on this as well as any information on suppliers of cypress.