Cypress mulch

sarah w.

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is there a certain brand or type of cypress mulch recommended for red foot tortoise enclosures? I was thinking doing half top soil and half cypress mulch but I was wondering if I need certain types of either?

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Outdoor enclosure?
I frankly buy whatever is on sale. I used to be super worried about the colored ones being dyed,etc. but I've found that it all works pretty well.
Indoors, however, I use ORCHID BARK. Indoors would be a more confined area and I like the low odor and smaller chunks.
Outdoors, mulch and soil.(Not play sand) work very well for me.
 

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It's an indoor enclosure. So you recommend orchid bark.

Any certain one?
 

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Does it do well for humidity? I was thinking doing half the enclosure with top soil. Opinions?
 

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Does it do well for humidity? I was thinking doing half the enclosure with top soil. Opinions?
It holds the moisture like a sponge. It's GREAT for holding humidity. I'd layer it like I described with a layer of Orchid bark a few inches deep covered by a layer of the soil or soil with a little bark mixed in it. remember that you don't want the top layer to be uniformly wet.
 
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