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Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Substrate' started by jorg, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. jorg

    jorg Active Member

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    Does anyone have experience with flax as substrate?
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    So you mean using the seed? I wouldn't use the plant. It would be the same as using hay - it would mold.
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    I'll post a picture later, but people with horses use it in their stables.
    I've seen it with a breeder once.
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    Flax horse bedding is highly absorbent and designed to keep the floor of horse boxes dry. It wouldn't be useful for raising humidity I think.

    Also, according to The Tortoise Table, most parts of the plant are toxic and must not be fed. There's little risk of a horse eating its bedding, but a tort's food always ends up with substrate on it.

    I would not use this in a tortoise enclosure.
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    Isn't it the same as hemp? What should i use in my new enclosure? I use sand/peat now, but for a 2m *6m enclosure?
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    Hemp originates from the cannabis plant :D Not the same.

    Flax and linseed are from the same plant.

    Sand is never advised, not even mixed with other substrate, as it sticks to food and impacts in the gut.

    Coco coir is easy to buy in bulk from garden stores and makes a good substrate
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    Ok Thanks :)
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    Here is a picture.
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    I definitely wouldn't use it. A tortoise needs an earthy substrate not something like hay.
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    In fact i know, the thing is, if i want a 10cm thick boddom, i need 2 big Bags for my enclosure. Then i gonna need some help to clean it every 4 months :-D
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