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Substrate for year old leopard

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosure Substrate' started by Zac dale, Nov 25, 2017.

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    Hey everybody, I wanted to know what the best substrate is for a 1 year old leopard, I live in Hong Kong so it is already nice and humid. I will be getting a larger enclosure for him. Thanks!

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    Many people recommend cypress mulch. I personally use organic topsoil mixed with cococoir.
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    Yep, coco coir is great, as is fine orchid bark mix. Cypress mulch might be too large and rough for a yearling, but mix of all three might be perfect.
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    I prefer fine grade orchid bark.
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    are tortoises able to burrow under that? I'm thinking of changing because topsoil and cococoir can be messy. I have a hermans that likes to burrow a lot.
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    Can I use the ZooMed reptibark?
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    Yes they can.
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    That is fine grade orchid bark, so yes. Its the best one to use in my experience, but its expensive to buy it from a pet store in a ZooMed bag. I buy it in bulk at garden centers for a fraction of the price.
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    Should I mix eco-earth with it?
    Also, Do you prefer cypress mulch or reptibark?
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    I see no reason and no point in mixing different substrates.

    I don't like cypress mulch because it smells swampy and it dirty when you get it so it requires a lot of work and a lot of water to clean it before use. They are also wrecking the cypress groves to get it, so I'm told.

    Plain old fine grade orchid bark from a garden center is the best substrate there is for a leopard or sulcata.
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    Could this be used?

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    Check the "Ingredients" list to make sure there are no additives. Then check the particle size to make sure it isn't big honkin' chunks that a little tortoise won't be able to walk on very easily.

    If there are no additives and if the particle size is good, then yes! Should be good to use.
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