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Old 11-29-02, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New coconut substrate

I was recommended to use this new (mulched, compressed) coconut substrate, I have been using it for the past month the boa and corn.

It seems to be excellent so far as it dries out very well which allows the corn to burrow and it also holds moisture very well on the moist area for the boa...which also has that moss stuff.

As this is a new product I would like any commentscoconut

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I have been using coconut for the past year and like it a lot. The only problem is cleaning up the messes when my corns pass the mice they've eaten. It's not a big deal, but I did buy some aspen bedding today since I am starting a breeder colony and I am thinking of trying it in a least one of my snake cages.
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Old 11-30-02, 07:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's not new here in the US, I've been using it since the 80s with my frogs and garters. I've recently been using it for my bearded dragons as well, since I have worked with veterinary surgeons for 15 years and we've seen way too many sand impactions.

Against my better judgment, one of the bowel surgery specialists convinced me to keep half of my hatchling beardies on coconut husk and half on paper towels to examine whether the coconut husk is truly as safe as it seems. I gave him fecal samples of all the animals and he found excess cellulose in the feces of the beardies kept on coconut husk which leads us to believe that they are indeed digesting any that they ingested. Belly xrays show no impactions or foreign matter in the guts of any of them.

So in our little study it does appear to be safe. I wish the little devils didn't track it into their salads so much, though.

But my cornsnake hatchling just loves it!
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