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Best Substrates for Ball Pythons - The Critter Depot

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Best Ball Python Substrates - Which should I Use? Table of Contents Whether you are a new ball python owner or an experienced veteran looking for a refresher course, we have everything you need to know about the different types of substrates to use within your ball python habitats! First, let’s look at the substrates you absolutely should not use. Aromatic Substrates  Two of the most harmful substrates for any reptile are pine or cedar shavings. While these shavings typically look and smell nice to us, the aromatic compounds they release can be extremely harmful to the respiratory system of...

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How to Breed Ball Pythons - The Critter Depot

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How to Breed Ball Pythons: Everything you need to know! Table of Contents   General Facts about Ball Pythons Ball pythons (Python regius) are a species of python native to Central African countries such as  Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and several others. While the ball python is listed as a species of “Least Concern” by the IUNC red list, one of its biggest threats in the wild is as an export to the pet-trade. In some areas, ball python populations have been greatly reduced through the efforts of pet-traders. Ball python breeders in the United States are actively...

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Best Substrate for Ball Pythons and other Common Snakes

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Best Substrates for Snakes and Ball Pythons Table of Contents The ideal substrate for pet snakes can depend on several factors. If the snake is a tropical species, such as a rainbow boa that requires high humidity, there are certain substrates that will work for this species better than they would work for a ball python, who require lower ambient humidity. There are many safe and affordable substrates on the market online, in pet stores, or even in your local garden department. There are also some options that should never be used. Let’s get these out of the way first...

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Leopard Gecko Brumation - The Critter Depot

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Brumation in Leopard Geckos: What you need to know If you are new to raising Leopard Geckos, you may have heard the term “brumation” bandied about in different message boards and forums across the internet. While there is a ton of misinformation on brumation in these internet archives, we have broken down everything you need to know about brumation.  This article will summarize brumation with leopard geckos.  If leopard geckos aren't the cut of your jib, then you can read about bearded dragons and brumation in our other article.   What is Brumation? Brumation is a “slow-down” seen in ectothermic animals...

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Bearded Dragon Brumation - The Critter Depot

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Bearded Dragon Brumation - What is it, how long does it last, and should I be concerned? What you'll learn in this article If you have a Bearded Dragon, you may have heard about the curious behavior known as “brumation”. Inexperienced owners often confuse this natural behavior with a serious illness. In reality, it is actually a natural part of the Bearded Dragon life cycle. Keep reading to learn everything you need about brumation including what it is, why it can be healthy, and how to help your scaly little monster through the process! What is Brumation? Brumation is an...

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