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Old 11-01-12, 12:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Savannah Monitor. What Substrate/soil?????

I want my guy to be able to burrow!! What should I use? I work at The Home Depot and we have alot of dirts and soils. which one should i pick for my Savannah??? The choices are literally endless.
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Re: Savannah Monitor. What Substrate/soil?????

For sand, use children's washed play sand. For soil, it needs to be 100% organic soil, and there cannot be inorganic materials in the soil. I haven't found good soil at Home Depot, so I use Eco Earth. I mix it together 60% Eco Earth, and 40% sand.
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Re: Savannah Monitor. What Substrate/soil?????

I had a lot of issues finding just PURE soil at places like Home Depot so I just went into my backyard (we don't use pesticides or chemicals) and dug up my own sandy soil. It had tons of earthworms in it so my little guy had a lot of snacks. lol

I then mixed it with some moist eco earth and it's been holding burrows pretty well.
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For sand, use children's washed play sand. For soil, it needs to be 100% organic soil, and there cannot be inorganic materials in the soil. I haven't found good soil at Home Depot, so I use Eco Earth. I mix it together 60% Eco Earth, and 40% sand.
Perfect! I have a ton of eco earth for my Invert's, i was thinking about it but wasn't sure how it would be for burrowing, so you just helped me make my mind up Thanks. But if anyone else has suggestions, please don't hesitate.
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I had a lot of issues finding just PURE soil at places like Home Depot so I just went into my backyard (we don't use pesticides or chemicals) and dug up my own sandy soil. It had tons of earthworms in it so my little guy had a lot of snacks. lol

I then mixed it with some moist eco earth and it's been holding burrows pretty well.
I live in condo's and I know the gardeners are useing alot of pesticides!
wouldnt want to risk it. But I could ask a friend to dig up his yard lol..
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i think scotts makes a good organic topsoil you may carry it. make sure its the one with no junk in it. it will list whats in it. should say something along the lines that it is allowed for use in california if im not mistaken.
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You can go to a public creek and dig up a good substrate from there. In places like reserves, open spaces, and state parks you don't have to worry about chemicals.
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You can go to a public creek and dig up a good substrate from there. In places like reserves, open spaces, and state parks you don't have to worry about chemicals.
You still have to be careful with that concept...

It's my age... but I can name off a few places that LOOK like lush little preserves now that were landfills / scrap yards and waste dumps 30 years ago.

Know the history of the place you are digging up. upgrading the DIRT..

A dirt thread I started a little while ago.
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Very true, Wayne. In a recent endeavor I tried getting substrate from the creek. First off, it was 100% sand, secondly there were so many broken beer bottles that no matter how far down I dug, the sand was still littered with green and brown. Big disappointment. However I did find some interesting tracks.
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every once in a while I find things in my creek that wash down from upstream.
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You still have to be careful with that concept...

It's my age... but I can name off a few places that LOOK like lush little preserves now that were landfills / scrap yards and waste dumps 30 years ago.

Know the history of the place you are digging up. upgrading the DIRT..

A dirt thread I started a little while ago.
I Like the thread. Gave me great ideas. I now have to check the history of my local places where I can get dirt.

Wayne, do you think the eco earth and sand idea is a good one?
Is all eco earth equal and is it all coco coir?
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I think it would work just fine, but it seems like a really expensive way to go. As does buying it by the small bags they often sell in hardware stores. Even in the big cities there are usually places that sell organic soil in bulk, without the fertilizers and vermiculite.
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eco earth makes a good leaflitter for forest dwelling species. horrible for holding burrows though
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Re: Savannah Monitor. What Substrate/soil?????

Re: Lizard Ladder (second video)
Wayne Can we Get pitures, specs and a break down of your enclosure?
Does it have glass around it or is it all open i've seen lots of pics but can't tell if you have it enclosed or it's just open for them to roam...
I think it's amazing and want some ideas for my Savy Permanent enclosure.

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eco earth makes a good leaflitter for forest dwelling species. horrible for holding burrows though
Once you add sand, it will hold a burrow. It is mighty expensive though..

Wayne's enclosure is a sealed wooden box with a window unless I'm badly mistaken.
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