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Old 06-06-04, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Pine bark ok?

I know pine is toxic to herps, but what about the bark, JUST the bark, as in pine bark mulch, the BIG chunks.
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it's still pine isn't it? I would figure it is still toxic.
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Pine bark, /pine mulch will produce the fumes that will cause harm too your reptiles, the same as cedar bark will, Do not use it.
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The fumes are not what is toxic. What is toxic is the phenol resins that exist within softwoods, which do NOT exist in high concentration - if they even exist at all - in the bark, only in the wood itself. Even pine shavings can be used if they don't have a strong smell - the smell is merely an indication of the phenol resins present.

If you're going to use a bark mulch though, use Cypress. Better safe than sorry.
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