Puff adder substrate

Puff adder substrate

Postby Darius Basson » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:21 pm


Can you use normal sand as a substrate for puff adders?
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Re: Puff adder substrate

Postby Graeme » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:56 pm

No, it absorbs urate and becomes very dirty, very quickly. The snakes end up ingesting this contaminated but seemingly clean substrate due to their bucket mouths during feeding, and you end up with problems later. Newspaper is the healthiest option.
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Re: Puff adder substrate

Postby bradmiller » Thu Nov 01, 2012 9:42 am

Graeme - what about a bio-active substrate?
Darius what is the reason you wanting to use normal sand?
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Re: Puff adder substrate

Postby RJG » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:20 pm

News paper is the cleanest, cheapest and most practical but it looks unnatural and it makes moving around a little difficult for the snakes because there is no friction. I personally use eucalyptus mulch and feed them in tubs just in case of accidental ingestion. It works well for me and the snakes and it looks better than newspaper. There are also people who hate the idea of E-mulch and those who love it ,so it is up to you. E-mulch is also not very expensive.
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