I'm starting to greatly dislike newspaper. I have noticed the ink come off on my herps, and I just can't believe that it's not harmful to them. Although, our female BCI is still on newspaper. I think I might try paper towel for the smaller enclosures. Other than that, I always have a huge bag of aspen handy. I think it's not only better for the snake keeper, but the snakes love to bury in it. Heck, sometimes it can eliminate the need for a hide box.