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Cypress Mulch "Blend"
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violet_foxx wrote in snakecommunity
So I was at Home Depot yesterday looking to get a bag of cypress mulch to use as bedding, but I noticed all the bags say "cypress blend", and then I saw this on kingsnake:
"The cypress available at most local hard ware, home improvement, and garden center store, has changed. It now has the word BLEND on the bag. After lots of phone calls it has come to my attention that the "blend" is with cedar. The change was made to keep out the bugs in the garden, but is harmful to our reptiles."

Is this true? Has anybody had any problems with cypress blend? It'd be so much cheaper to just buy a bag from Home Depot instead of say, Zoo Med Forest Floor or Repti Bark. But of course, I don't want to endanger my animals.


I didn't buy a bag. I have never used any type of cypress mulch(not even Zoo Med) with any of my reptiles before. I use aspen and newspaper.

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I might be a snob, but I wouldn't go to a hardware store for my snake bedding.

I use aspen and newspaper for all my snakes, but it's come to my attention that cypress mulch is cypress mulch regardless if it's zoo med brand or otherwise, except in this case where it says cypress mulch blend.

I would not use it. YOu have no idea where it's been or what it was exposed with. It could be filled with bugs, sprayed with dyes or chemicals or worse. No thanks!
If you are going to cheap out this pets...then have less pets so you can afford the best. If you can't afford good safe proper care then you have no business owning animals.
That is a general statement and not to the OP specifically. If the shoe fits...then it's refering to you.

I don't use any cypress with any if my pets. It just seemed like an interesting idea and I've seen the use of hardware store mulch/sand all over the professional snake/reptile breeding community so I figured I'd ask about it here. Didn't think I'd get so much passive aggression. :/ I'm not trying to cheapen my pets, but why pay more for something when you can get the same exact thing for less? Obviously this is not the case with cypress.

No worries mate. I buy the cypress bark from home depot (or I think that is what it is called) but I don't use it much anymore so I am not sure I would use the new "cypress blend". But anyway, I don't think it is really cheapening your animal. If anything, it is giving them a more natural habitat because in the wild, you do not see the snakes going "OH look, that stuff is Zoomed, guess I should only slither on that.... that other stuff is natural, I don't wanna go sleep on that stuff"

Yeah, I didn't think it'd be a big deal either. Good to know I'm not alone in that. I don't think I'll be buying from a hardware store anyways since all I can find at those places is the "cypress blend". Just thought I'd ask around first. :)

Haha I now stick to newspaper (cheap right? lol) but when you are trying to humidify a rainbow boa, you have to clean the cage every week to keep mold from growing and A)cypress isn't really a moister holder (in my book anyways) B) it gets to be pricey lol

I stick to newspaper and paper towels with my snakes, but cypress mulch can be perfectly fine to use for some animals. I just wouldn't use mulch blend intended for gardening purposes in an enclosure. Too many potential risks (cedar, parasites, etc.). Although I have known people who have used gardening mulch blends without incident. There's nothing wrong at all with asking such a question. I don't see reasonable excuse for others to be so rude. Yes, it could have a number of issues associated with use in reptile enclosures, but asking others for their opinions prior to trying it does not warrant such a response. I use newspaper because I find it to be the cleanest option for me. I have used aspen in the past, and I like it, but it's not quite as practical in large collections. In small collections I consider aspen to be one of the best choices, except in situations that require higher humidity. That being said, I keep my Scrubs, ATB and Water Python on newspaper. I have never had any problems with it. I keep a large water bowl in each enclosure to deal with any potential humidity problems. I also use humid hide boxes with the more delicate species, like the ATB.

I think I'm going to stick with aspen and newspaper. Just thought I'd ask around a bit first. Thank you for your input. :)

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