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Tegu substrate

Discussion in 'General Tegu Discussion' started by nicolesciria, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. nicolesciria

    nicolesciria New Member

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    Just wondering what everyone uses for their tegus substrates ? I’ve tried coco fiber with organic top soil and this last time cypress mulch.. just want to see what people have had good luck with, I am not a huge fan of the cypress after this last time and my tegu is due for a substrate change this week
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    TripleTegus Active Member

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    Outta curiosity why didn't you like the cypress mulch?
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    I'd like to know also. I like the cypress mulch. It holds moisture very well. I usually stir it around with my hands every once in a while. Its always moist underneath the top layer and helps the humidity.
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    BucknerCrestExotics New Member

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    I live on the water in Puget sound of Washington state. Every thing here is damp. Cypress mulch for me molds quickly and i had to switch my blue tongued skinks to aspen so when I got tegus it was just natural for me to put them on aspen as well. I know its different for everyone and every location but for me its easier for me to add humidity then to try to dry it out of my substrates. I do not have mold issues or shed issues with my tegus or skinks.
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    Hey whatever works for you. We live in Florida so the humidity gets pretty high in the summer but will drop to like 40% or so in winter. I've never had an issue with mold on the cypress mulch itself but if I leave a piece of fecal matter behind by accident it will definitely mold. But like you said to each his own. There's more than one way to skin a cat so to speak
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    I'm in the mountains in AZ where there's no humidity for the most part. We have a monsoon season that changes that, but it's temporary. I used the coco fiber early on but felt that they were consuming it too easily. That stuff sticks to everything. And for me, I won't use top soil because it's just too dirty and dusty! Lol...Went back to that wonderfully expensive Repti-bark where their food doesn't pick it up as much.

    Also - I don't think they need all the inches of substrate thickness if you have good hides - once I gave my buddies the hides they could claim, they stopped digging. They're happy to just be protected, and they naturally relax in their hide instead of dig to hide themselves.