Native woods and mosses etc in a viv? Risky? - Reptile Forums

Go Back   Reptile Forums > Help and Chat > Habitat

  #1 (permalink)  
Old 15-10-2015, 04:28 PM
Cicindela's Avatar
Super Regular
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: west sussex
Posts: 260
Default Native woods and mosses etc in a viv? Risky?

Hi everyone, I'm about to set up some bio active vivs, I've been trying to do as much research as possible on using native or home collected woods etc, There was some very useful info here back in 2012 about moss, general opinion was that it was fine to add- but checked for snails and centipedes, even though it was unlikely to grow well in a viv, but posed no real health risk/threat to lizards and snakes, but they mentioned a risk of disease to amphibians. I don't know what diseases / parasites we have here that would affect reps etc? I want to include some pieces of roots and branches from the woods here, i can hose them and brush off bits and pieces but are they o.k going in or should they be steamed or baked. There's an article about bio active vivs and she says she doesn't clean anything and it's fine. Love to know your opinion. Thanks ever so.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 20-10-2015, 09:05 PM
demon3000's Avatar
Forum Citizen
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Newcastle upon tyne
Posts: 460

I have used moss and leaves from back garden with no problems. Also used my own woodlice and worms from garden as it has had no chemicals in it I've never used any for the wood I collected from local parks and placed in garden for a couple of weeks before adding to crestie seems fine with all these additions.......
2x Jack Russells
1x Crested Gecko
1x bad tempered wife.........
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 26-10-2015, 10:21 PM
Cicindela's Avatar
Super Regular
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: west sussex
Posts: 260

Hi there, thanks for the reply, it's funny how things change because peopl used to say you had to bake wood and steam and sterilise things but now with bio active vivs too it seems much more relaxed so I will definitely use gathered natural items, thankfully I live next to a deserted woodland and it's free of chemicals, etc so collecting should be a little easier. slugs and centipedes will be banned though. Many thanks , makes me not worry now. Cheers.
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-11-2015, 11:18 PM
Super Regular
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Bath
Posts: 169

You do have to be a little bit careful if you're dealing with amphibians, it's relatively easy and cheap to buy anything you need now but try to use things that haven't had contact with the ground if you are going to collect your own decor etc.
Cicindela likes this.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Different mosses ?????? toonboymc71 Amphibians 3 03-02-2015 10:59 AM
Risky Reptile Stef Lizards 41 01-03-2013 09:10 PM
The different native mosses of Britain - trial with pictures :) beaniebopps Amphibians 10 01-03-2012 09:15 PM
Does this seem a little risky to you? jack_rep Spiders and Inverts 6 13-03-2010 11:41 AM
live mosses otb2 Amphibians 13 02-04-2009 04:19 PM

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:24 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2005 - 2011, Reptile Forums (RFUK™)