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Re: Carpet for substrate


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Posted by DrZot on December 15, 2002 at 10:00:52:

In Reply to: Carpet for substrate posted by Mizar 21 on December 14, 2002 at 07:49:57:

I've used carpet for years with good results. Trim any loose threads, and don't use the washing machine (unravels it every time!). I hose/scrub, soak in bleach solution about 2 days, hose/rinse thoroughly, hang to dry. You can use a vinegar rinse to get rid of the bleachy smell if you want (I don't bother, it doesn't seem to bother the snakes, and I know snakes are not very sensitive to bleach). Yeah, I have 2 or 3 pieces cut per tank, and do the washing out in the driveway.

Snakes seem to prefer the grippy surface to slick stuff like newspaper, and shedding problems are rare. I've used a lot of newspaper and packing paper (slick, not absorbant- change frequently...but very cheap); paper towels (neat, easy, also change frequently). I also like using cloth diapers (small tanks) and old towels- washable, and the snakes like to hide in the folds. Aspen I only use in groups during the winter when they are not feeding.

I hope that helps a bit :)


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