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Posted by Peter R. on April 28, 2003 at 04:41:04:
In Reply to: Incubation medium questions.. posted by Taceas on April 27, 2003 at 23:10:52:
I have heard that perlite is basically puffed glass and can be quite scratchy for neonates. Even though I bought a bunch of bags of vermiculite, I haven't used it yet, at least not for snake eggs. I did incubate turtle eggs in it last year. I use sphagnum and love it. I get it from Home Depot. Go to HD or Lowes or the garden department of stores like that.
:Hecate and Diablo bred for their second time tonight. And as I'm getting everything ready for, hopefully eggs, I am stumped by the choice of incubation mediums.
:I have a bag of Perlite already. But I see everyone else using either vermiculite or sphagnum moss. Both of which I can't seem to find in my area. I can get sphagnum moss with fertilizer added, which I didn't think would be an appropriate thing.
:The questions I'm faced with, are:
:1. How should I construct an egg incubation container with Perlite? (How much water, how much perlite, how deep the eggs, etc)
:2. Are there any disadvantages to using Perlite?
:3. Anyone know of a place online that sells sphagnum moss or vermiculite?