I love the stuff!
To dry it out faster lay in a large pan 2" to 3" thick loosely. Bake at 250°f for 20 minutes, take out & stir around. Bake another 10-15 min and stir it a few times while it's cooling to release as much steam as you can. Stay close to the kitchen while doing this and keep an eye on your baking coconut husks, they could catch fire!
It will then be dry enough to use with most animals. It will still be slightly damp but not "wet" anymore.
Keeper of 5 snakes, leopard geckos, 1 green iguana, 20+ tarantulas, 2 dogs & a bunch of rats!