A substrate is an important part of the enclosure for reptiles. It could be confusing choosing the best snake bedding substrates. So, make sure you acquire all the details you require beforehand. Carpet is a convenient substrate for non-burrowing snakes. It’s affordable if you’re using scraps, but you’ll require at least two portions of the correct size to fit into the enclosure. One piece of carpet can remain in the enclosure while you clean the other. Carpets get dirty fast, so you have to clean them often.
Like carpet, artificial turf functions best if you have a lot of areas so you can place clean parts in your snake’s enclosure while tending up dirty ones. This material is very easy to wash. It is also long-lasting and durable, although its appearance degenerates from repeated washing. Although snakes cannot conceal in this type of bed, they manage to be comfortable for them because they mimic real grass.
Cypress mulch is a comfortable substrate for snakes. They can dig around the mulch and retain moisture well. Very attractive and has a pleasant aroma but is not too overpowering. This mulch is inexpensive and readily available at garden stores. You will need to remove all mulch to thoroughly clean the cage. Make sure before using cypress mulch you always bake it in an oven for about half an hour. This kills any mites or other insects that may live between the chips.
While cedar and pine shavings are not suitable for use in snake cages, aspen shavings make good substrates. Use these shavings with smaller snakes and those who don’t need high humidity. The shavings are moldy from too much moisture, and the particles can get under the scales of the large snake in the stomach, irritating. You can easily buy aspen shavings at a pet store because they are a popular type of bedding for a wide variety of pets, including pocket pets such as rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, and guinea pigs.