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Old 03-25-18, 01:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Spot cleaning?

How do I spot clean my ball pythons tank? I am using eco earth substrate, but how should I spot clean?
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Old 03-25-18, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Spot cleaning?

I keep a roll of toilet paper in my snake room and always keep an eye out for any "deposits". When I see one, I take it out and put it in the old bowl I use for this purpose and then flush everything down the toilet. You make get a little bit of the bedding with it, but that should be a problem. It's an ongoing process and yet, you'll still miss some of them.
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Old 03-25-18, 03:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Spot cleaning?

My rule of thumb is to at least "pinch an inch" of substrate along with the excrement; then, I will still check down to the bottom of the enclosure to see if anything's stuck to it, namely dried urine. If that is present, I clean about 2" to either side of the dried "matter", wipe with wet paper towels, then I use a disinfectant (strong bleach and water solution), and wipe with wet towels again to remove the strong chlorine smell. When all cleaning is done, I put in a spot of new substrate.

I replace all substrate at least once every six months, or more frequently if the snake is a very active "poop-er", like my False Water Cobra.
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Ok awesome! Thanks!
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Old 03-30-18, 08:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Spot cleaning?

I use kitty litter scoops.
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Old 03-30-18, 12:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Spot cleaning?

My Colombian RTB buries her poop somehow, and I haven't figured out how she does yet. No poop topside, but if I move the substrate around I'll find piles adhered to the bottom of the enclosure.

I have several boxes of 100ct Latex gloves and I use a dustpan for pickup.
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My BP loves to poop in the corners of her viv. I found a "corner scoop" with a pointy 90 degree tip designed to scoop corners.
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