border
sSNAKESs : Reptile Forum
 

Go Back   sSNAKESs : Reptile Forum > Community Forums > General Discussion

Notices

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-26-03, 02:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
Member
 
SerpentLust's Avatar
 
Join Date: May-2003
Location: Vancouver Island
Age: 33
Posts: 1,799
Country:
Send a message via Skype™ to SerpentLust
Question Sphagnum Moss

I found a bag of sphagnum moss for like crafts and such that's brown. But when I went to the pet store, I saw they had some aswell but it was green and fresh.

Which is better to use? Or am I NOT supposed to use one?

Jenn
__________________
"A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing."
SerpentLust is offline  
Login to remove ads
Old 12-26-03, 03:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
Please Email Boots
 
Join Date: Mar-2005
Posts: 3,326
Country:
The craft stuff has been dried to it's last breath, it will never re-hydrate so it's pretty much useless. I'm not sure about the safety of spaghnum, but I've heard other people say they use it

Julie
Tim and Julie B is offline  
Old 12-26-03, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Nov-2003
Location: Texarkana, TX
Age: 27
Posts: 140
id say find something else...
reptile171 is offline  
Old 12-26-03, 03:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
Member
 
snakehunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May-2003
Location: manassas virginia (USA)
Age: 31
Posts: 1,519
the shag i use is multi colored, meaning normal. i bought a cubic foot at a green hous for 4 bucks usd, and the green stuff at the pet store is seven usd for like 2/3 a cubic foot. the pet store stuff is a rip off, i think its died that vibrant green to attract keepers, and steer them from the normal looking stuff.

as for water absorbtion i find the dried stuff works fine, read the package, my companys moss hold something like 200% its weight in water, make sure you get the stuff thats for orchids and such, and you should be good.

sorry for the long post, i just hate it when companies sell things for pets at low quantities and high prices, and you can get the same stuff for less and more quabtity at a place for dif. use. (if that made anysense)

hope i helped
-JAcob
__________________
I got a bunch of snakes and a bunch of guns
snakehunter is offline  
Old 12-26-03, 03:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
Member
 
SerpentLust's Avatar
 
Join Date: May-2003
Location: Vancouver Island
Age: 33
Posts: 1,799
Country:
Send a message via Skype™ to SerpentLust
Could I also use Vermiculite for a humid hide? I heard it's better
__________________
"A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing."
SerpentLust is offline  
Login to remove ads
Old 12-26-03, 04:01 PM   #6 (permalink)
Member
 
Invictus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun-2003
Location: Calgary, AB
Age: 41
Posts: 5,641
Send a message via MSN to Invictus
I wouldn't use vermiculite for a snake. The shiny stuff on it does come off, and I question if it's really good for the snake. Perlite could probably be used, but I wouldn't use that either. Sphagnum moss is acidic, so it resists mold really well, which is a definite asset when you're dealing with moist, stagnant environments.
__________________
- Ken LePage
http://www.invictusart.com
http://www.invictusexotics.com
Invictus is offline  
Old 12-26-03, 04:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
Member
 
Katt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar-2002
Location: British Colombia
Age: 35
Posts: 2,525
Country:
Sphagnum is brown and I find it holds humidity pretty well. That stuff in the pet store that kinda stringy, is spanish moss, and it's dyed to be green.
__________________
~Katt
Katt is offline  
Old 12-26-03, 05:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
Member
 
beth wallbank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar-2002
Location: in the mountains
Age: 46
Posts: 1,186
Country:
if you go into your forest, grab some spagmum, rinse it, freeze it overnight, then its all good. I collect tons of it monthly, and works great. The stuff from nurseries and stores, have all been treated, so steer clear.
beth wallbank is offline  
Old 12-26-03, 05:36 PM   #9 (permalink)
Member
 
SerpentLust's Avatar
 
Join Date: May-2003
Location: Vancouver Island
Age: 33
Posts: 1,799
Country:
Send a message via Skype™ to SerpentLust
Unfortunately beth, here in North Bay, the ground is covered in snow
__________________
"A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing."
SerpentLust is offline  
Old 12-26-03, 05:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
Member
 
beth wallbank's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar-2002
Location: in the mountains
Age: 46
Posts: 1,186
Country:
LOL.......born and raised there....faint memories seem to come back. Here is green grass and the kids played street hockey last night after Christmas dinner. bummer
beth wallbank is offline  
Login to remove ads
Old 12-26-03, 06:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Mar-2003
Location: Orillia, ON
Age: 47
Posts: 460
Jenn,

If it's just for a humid hide, either sphagnum should work okay, though I've never tried it. We use cypress mulch, sometimes mixed with aspen.

I'm with Invictus on the vermiculite.

Jeff Hathaway
Sciensational Sssnakes!!
Jeff Hathaway is offline  
Old 12-26-03, 07:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
Member
 
Mr.Lizard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun-2003
Location: Florida
Age: 52
Posts: 249
Send a message via ICQ to Mr.Lizard
You can get the sphagnum moss at hardware stores that have a nursery as well...Home Depot,Lowe's...etc. Even K-mart should have it.
__________________
--Kevin--

V.salvator 0.1

German Tour Guide: You vill find more on Germany's contributions to ze arts in ze pamphlets ve have provided.
Brian Griffin: Yeah, about your pamphlet... uh, I'm not seeing anything about German history between 1939 and 1945. There's just a big gap.

----Family Guy---
Mr.Lizard is offline  
Old 12-26-03, 10:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: May-2003
Location: U.S.A
Posts: 982
Send a message via ICQ to burmer Send a message via MSN to burmer
I'm using the brown now. I got it at a plant nursery and it holds humidity really well.
burmer is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On




All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin®
©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright © 2002-17, Hobby Solutions Inc.

right

SEO by vBSEO 3.1.0