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Posted by michael56 on February 18, 2003 at 14:41:17:
In Reply to: Cheap carpet. posted by Mizar 21 on February 16, 2003 at 10:50:49:
The "carpet" I use is bulk astro-turf, which I like because it has texture and lifts the snake from the floor of the terrarium. This keeps them away from the external floor heater. However, it must be flat and tight to prevent the occupant from getting underneath it (heater is way too hot} and I don't want the snake to get trapped between it and the the ground cover. I made sure that the material is clean and "dust" free before using it. Is the carpet you have, designed for indoor/outdoor, ie. wet/dry use? If not, and as noted by last respondent, rapid fungus/bacteria growth is guaranteed.
I also use paper towel, mostly to "cover up" any mess between cleaning or replacement. This is unsightly and not as effective as using the towel only and replacing it all each time.
Ideally I would have tons of astro-turf and dispose of it each cleaning, as proper and rapid disinfecting requires chemicals which I will not use.
I am CONSIDERING going to astro-turf as a base (again to prevent burns) and shredded aspen as ground cover. I am however concerned with ingestion of any foreign material - I have several snakes of various size and temperament - separate feeding "quarters" for each would be difficult and time consuming to incorporate. But this system, noted earlier in the forum, might be ideal for you. First, it allows you to use a variety of materials; carpeting, a box filled with aspen, the branch, etc. so the snake has options to choose from. And secondly, more frequent handling at feeding time in a different area will likely reward you with a calmer, more manageable snake.
My best, Michael E.
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