Fir Bark


New Member
Nov 22, 2015
Hello! I was wondering if Zoo Med's Repti Bark would be safe for my adult Russian tortoise. The packaging says it is 100% fir bark. I read somewhere that certain substrates like cedar and pine contain toxic fumes for your tortoise. If it is safe, I will be mixing the fir bark with coco coir.

Yvonne G

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Jan 23, 2008
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Clovis, CA
Hi Daniel, and welcome to the Forum!

I've been using orchid bark for many, many years, and orchid bark is processed fir bark. The only thing I don't like about the Zoo Med brand is the chunks are a bit big for a smaller tortoise. Orchid bark comes in three chunk sizes, small, medium and large. And orchids are very sensitive to their environment, so the packaged orchid bark is free of any chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.

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