Darwin carpet python substrate

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  1. Grigals

    Grigals New Member

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    Hi guys! I'm setting up a new terrarium for my Darwin carpet python August and the last thing i need to add now is substrate. All the pet stores were recommending aspen bedding but I'm pretty sure that's not a good thing to use? I would really like a more natural looking substrate anyway, if anyone has any substrates they recommend please reply!
     
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    Sdaji APS Veteran APS Veteran

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    Aspen is great but expensive, especially if you're buying it from a pet shop. If you want something more natural looking than that I'm not sure what you can go for which is going to be any good. I go for practical, which rules out anything natural looking.
     
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    Newspaper for the win haha
     
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    I spent almost 20 years using newspaper for most of my snakes! Haha! I did eventually change, but newspaper is a decent option as long as you're willing to clean it promptly. These days I'm a fan of Breeders Choice, I like giving them a particulate substrate and something which holds a bit more thermal inertia, and I think it also stabilises the humidity and helps them slough. There's not a huge amount in it but that's my preference these days. Obviously it's not great for someone wanting it to look natural, but I've never been afflicted by wanting something in a plastic tub or chipboard box with electrical heating and a ceramic water bowl to somehow look natural! For the last 12 years or so I haven't even particularly wanted the snakes themselves to look natural! Haha!
     
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