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Orchid Bark

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    Maybe cypress mulch would be easier to find here.
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    As an option, I ran across this site that sells and ships orchid bark. I know it is hard to get outside of the west coast as fir trees are west coast products. SO this is an option that is reasonably priced. - a 2 cu ft bag is $20. That is more than my local garden center, but I am on the west coast. It is still way less expensive than most options I see anyone in the rest of the US having available.

    http://www.tropicalplantproducts.com/products/417-orchid-bark.aspx
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    It may be a better option than the reptibark but it would cost me more than 100$ of substrate for the size of my enclosure...I really gotta find something local
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    Thanks everyone for answering! I found this in Home Hardware here. It's coconut mulch, not coir. I think it might be bigger pieces than the coconut coir I've been using. I might give it a try. :) $10 only. 947cff5f-3131-4b0f-93bb-d8a281fd1437.jpg
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    Hey that could be a really good less messy alternative! I’ve done my research on the thing I bought( willow ) . It’s only the bark that may be poisonous in some types of willow but only if eaten in a large quantity, I’ve found horse actually really like eating fallen willows and they never had problems. Also, boiling it would make sure there ain’t any bad stuff left. But anyway now thanks to @xMario im gonna try to have a turf in my enclosure everywhere!
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    I like this for blue tongue skinks and a few other lizards and snakes, but I don't like it for tortoises. Its too loose, too many fibers, and not easy for them to walk on.
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    Ahhhhhhh
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    Just my preference. You can always try it out and see how you like it. Unless they start ingesting a lot of those fibers, I don't think it would harm a tortoise.
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