is coconut fiber good for corn snakes? or would cypress be better?

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is coconut fiber good for corn snakes? or would cypress be better?

Newspaper.
It's easy to put down, it's easy to clean up, and also cheap! If you want, you can shred it or put it down like a carpet. I don't like the coconut fiber, due to impaction concerns. This stuff sticks to everything. Especially wet/thawed mice! Cypress is just too expensive, if you're going to clean the cage regularly, which of course you will!!!
You also have to watch the cypress if you buy it at the home centers. These bags tend to have bugs/insects nesting in the cypress.

NEWSPAPER, great stuff!!
Jim Smith

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Wanna hear somethin stoopid?? I paid $10 for a bag of cypress at the reptile store nearest to me. Then later saw the same bag at Home Depot for $2 or whatever. Then opened it and found it full of ROACHES!! Decided it wasn't worth it to make a special trip the 30 miles to return it, I'd probably burn up the difference in gas getting there. Won't make that mistake again! I don't like it as substrate either. Kick my BUTT.

Cindy
is coconut fiber good for corn snakes? or would cypress be better?

Newspaper. It's easy to put down, it's easy to clean up, and also cheap!

Love it. Newspaper is the substrate of champions.
I don't like the coconut fiber, due to impaction concerns. This stuff sticks to everything. Especially wet/thawed mice!

Feed in a separate container whenever possible. Emotion: smile Why don't you, Jim? You have a significant collection, yes?
Cypress is just too expensive, if you're going to clean the cage regularly, which of course you will!!!

Not to mention a very over-used tree... plantlife destruction, etc.
You also have to watch the cypress if you buy it at the home centers. These bags tend to have bugs/insects nesting in the cypress.

Ewww. But would they make good feeder insects?
fr0glet
is coconut fiber good for corn snakes? or would cypress be better?

Newspaper. It's easy to put down, it's easy to clean up, and also cheap! If you want, you can shred ... you buy it at the home centers. These bags tend to have bugs/insects nesting in the cypress. NEWSPAPER, great stuff!!

Nah! Snakes love to burrow. I suggest either aspen sawdust/shavings or there is a new substrate sold by Petco and Wal-Mart made from discarded wood pulp (no pine or cedar). I switched from aspen to that after the price of aspen skyrocketed. The wood pulp stuff is very good; it is extremely absorbent. When the snake poos sprinkle some of it on top, wait a while for it to dessicate, then scoop it out. The wood pulp stuff also says that it is safe if the reptile accidentally ingests a bit of it - unlike aspen shavings which could seriously damage its intestines.
Nah! Snakes love to burrow. I suggest either aspen sawdust/shavings or there is a new substrate sold by Petco and ... safe if the reptile accidentally ingests a bit of it - unlike aspen shavings which could seriously damage its intestines.

Are you talking about Carefresh?
Cindy
Nah! Snakes love to burrow. I suggest either aspen sawdust/shavings ... - unlike aspen shavings which could seriously damage its intestines.

Are you talking about Carefresh? Cindy

Couldn't be, Carefresh is recycled paper. I haven't seen a discarded wood pulp product at petco here yet.
fr0glet
Are you talking about Carefresh? Cindy

Couldn't be, Carefresh is recycled paper. I haven't seen a discarded wood pulp product at petco here yet. fr0glet

I got some weird little soft round pellet stuff from Petsmart. Can't remember what it's made of. I don't like it, it looks weird and with the rats it gets really dusty. I also tried a straw-based substrate of little pellets, that stuff was just okay. I think I'll stick to potting soil with some cypress mixed in.
Cindy
I think CareFresh 'calls itself' a nonusable wood product, recycled something, like you said. You've got to read the bag closely to find that explanation though. I was using it, and the smell got to me, no idea of why as it is wood/paper/whatever. I have gone from aspen to CareFresh back to aspen. I feed my babies in cups, f/t, and my adults with tongs or in cups, whichever Their Majesties prefer.

I have never had an impaction problem with aspen and although I know others have, most of my friends who use it say they have not either.

I think this may be one of those pays yer money takes yer choice deals.

No roaches in either.
Fr0glet's right, newspaper's safest, easy too, if not the aesthetic delight of the universe nor the burrower's dream.
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