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Old 02-23-12, 08:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cypress mulch .

Just wandering if anybody uses cypress mulch like what you would get at Home Depot , i have read that its great but wanted to make sure before i bought a bag , i have been using repti bark but its a little pricey .
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Re: Cypress mulch .

Cypress mulch, sold as a mulch, often contains toxins. Make sure when you buy cypress, it's labeled for reptiles, or as "cypress bedding".
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Re: Cypress mulch .

Amazon.com: Zoo Med Forest Floor Bedding, 24 Quarts: Pet Supplies

this is what I use, bought 2 bags, a bag will probably be good for one snake 6 months, considering I just spot clean when needed and replace all of it once a month. so $30 a snake per year isn't bad at all..

Dont get cypress mulch from the hardware store, its almost guaranteed to be mixed with cedar, pine, etc etc chips which are poisonous to snakes
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Re: Cypress mulch .

I use it for my Brazilian rainbow boa, because it's mold resistant and works better than aspen in higher humidity. I've been really happy with it, and I do think it looks more attractive than the aspen I use for the rest of my snakes.
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Re: Cypress mulch .

I use it for my burm, and I love it. Never had a problem. Holds humidity well and is cheap.
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Re: Cypress mulch .

Coconut coir in compressed bricks are my substrate of choice. I don't like bark...
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Re: Cypress mulch .

I have been trying a few things and mixing different things together but resently I went to my local exotic pet shop and he had huge bags of 100% cypress mulch labeled for garden use. He told me it's safe and I got 4 times as much as the same priced aspen. I tell you I jumped at it having 4 of my snakes being 5.5-7.5ft. They kill substrate when they pee I mean wow. My female JCP soaked more that 1/2 of her enclosure when I tried newspaper. The point is I go through a lot so cheap is good. Now that I have used it a bit I really like it. Holds moisture for days in PVC enclosures unlike aspen. The snakes seem to like it. My king makes a maze of tunnels in it. I have noticed little wood mites(not snake mites) in this stuff. It is harmless but it anoys me it's there. I think I am going to NIX them in the bag and see if they go away. Anyway my $.02 is .... it's cheap and works great. BUT. If you get some and there is cedar or pine in there that would be bad so be careful what you buy.
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I've been using the 'no float' cypress mulch from Lowe's for years with no issues. Works great
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Blind One , does the bag you have say blended cypress or 100 percent cypress..
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Same with me as for using the same one sold at the reptile shop. Home depot had the same bag without a 400% mark up...
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Same with me as for using the same one sold at the reptile shop. Home depot had the same bag without a 400% mark up...
I hate how everything marked reptiles always gets a jacked up price
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Re: Cypress mulch .

All the big bags i am finding say cypress mulch blend , which means theres a chance of pine or even cedar and i dont think i want to go there if it ''might '' hurt my snake ...If i could find some that says 100% cypress then i will try it out .. Guess i will keep looking ..
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Maximus.. Pine is fine to have in the mix as long as its kiln dried. Once Pine has been kiln dried all the harmful oils are out of it.
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Re: Cypress mulch .

I use coconut husk MULCH. The stuff I buy is 100% organic and cost $3 for 56 liters (compressed) . My local pet store sells Cox husk in 7 liter blocks for $6 each. Do the math.
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I use coconut husk MULCH. The stuff I buy is 100% organic and cost $3 for 56 liters (compressed) . My local pet store sells Cox husk in 7 liter blocks for $6 each. Do the math.
what brand is that? how is it for humidity? my main reason for cypress is that it holds humidity well, im not huge on it otherwise
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