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I came across this substrate while I was out and about earlier today. Its advertised as being for small mammals, and is a mixture of dried and heat treated bark and birch leaves, and feels very light and soft inside the bag. Its a very attractive looking substrate however I'm unsure if birch is toxic to snakes? I can't find anything online to say it is, so has anyone ever used this and if not do you think it would be suitable? I haven't bought it, photos were taken in the shop.





 

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I'd assume the 'light wood shavings' wood be pine or cedar, not great for reptiles/snakes
 

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Shame as the bark/leaf litter is a great idea
 

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I thought that might be the case. Shame too as it was really pretty and so cheap too which is always a bonus :lol2:
 

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If the dealer has an open bag, you might sniff the bedding. If it has a pine or cedar smell, then I would avoid it.
 

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or even give the bag a squeeze and sniff the edges...tbh I don't think its worth the risk anyway, if the contents isn't properly/completely described...if its cheap, then its almost certainly pine shavings, pretty much the cheapest wood shavings you can get
 

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Your right, it's definitely not worth the risk! Shame I can't find any other info online with regards to exactly what's in it.
 
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