For my Red-Tail Boa I use small pebbles because they absorb the heat pretty well and always stay pretty warm. I use ground up walnut shells for my Bearded Dragon b/c it keeps the smell down better than any other substrate and is easy to clean. I use aspen for my cornsnake b/c that is waht the breeder told me to use. For my Speckled Kingsnake I use Newspaper b/c he likes it he likes to go under the newspaper and hide.
We may have snakes sticks but you still can't compare that to the craziness of a Homeless person!!