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Reptile Substrate Reference Guide

Reptiles Substrate Options Additional Requirements
Leopard Gecko Sand Walnut Sani Chips Aspen Cage Liner Create a moist hide spot by using a hideaway and packing it with wet moss
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Cornsnake Aspen Sani Chips Cage Liner Create a moist hide spot by using a hideaway and packing it with wet moss
Ball Python Aspen Forest Floor Repti-Bark Jungle Mix Eco Earth Coco Nut Bark Blend Create a moist hide spot by using a hideaway and packing it with wet moss
Iguana Forest Floor Repti-Bark Jungle Mix Eco Earth Coco Nut Bark Blend Use moss throughout the terrarium to create high humidity levels
Hermit Crab Eco Earth mixed with Sand or Repti Bark(hermit crabs require high humidity so always make sure they have a substrate that holds moisture) Use moss throughout the terrarium to create high humidity levels
Crested Gecko Forest Floor Repti-Bark Jungle Mix Eco Earth Coco Nut Bark Blend Use moss throughout the terrarium to create high humidity levels
Anole/House Gecko Forest Floor Repti-Bark Jungle Mix Eco Earth Coco Nut Bark Blend Use moss throughout the terrarium to create high humidity levels
Frogs and Toads Forest Floor Repti-Bark Jungle Mix Eco Earth Coco Nut Bark Blend Use moss throughout the terrarium to create high humidity levels
Russian Tortoise Aspen Alfalfa Meal Repti Bark N/A

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