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Posted by Mike Stefani on December 22, 2002 at 12:10:21:
In Reply to: Peat Moss posted by Brian Macker on December 14, 2002 at 12:20:54:
:I have no experience using peat moss as a substrate for reptiles. Although peat moss is a nice sterile medium for growing plants there is a disease you can get from peat (sphagnum) moss. I don't know if it would effect snakes.
:Why don't you just use paper towels? Garters are quite messy and you would have to change the peat moss often anyway. Are you concerned about looks?
That is great information, Kind of strange though! I have been using sphanum moss for many years, never had a problem besides the slight irritation to the back of my throat while mixing from dry to wet.
P.S. I do not use sphagnum moss in any application for Garter snake husbandry.