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Paper vs Aspen in Ball Python Set-up

  1. JIQRP profile image61
    JIQRPposted 8 years ago

    I have recently have had the experience of using Aspen Bedding in my Ball Python cages and went back to Paper after 4 months. If you are going to use Aspen by it at a local Pet shop that sells pretreated bundles. If you are a breeder or have a couple of Ball Pythons and by from the feed store or wholesale warehouse make sure you treat your Aspen bedding. Wood mites are a big problem and although they do not harm your snake they will take over your snakes enclosure   in a matter of weeks. The convenience of just spot cleaning with the Aspen vs Paper, cleaning the whole cage once a week goes lope sided once the mites have invaded. You will have to treat for wood mites for a whole 7-10 days! This includes taken every square inch of your enclosure and spraying them with a mite killer spray as well as treating your snake. Even though wood mites do not attack your snake they will be all over it which looks just gross. I myself own over a hundred Ball Pythons and this really took a lot of time and good knowledge of the mites to totally eradicate. I myself will stick to good old recycle newspaper it may not look natural, but it will definitely save you time and headaches if you do own a large population of snakes. If you have wood mite problems please let me know and I will give you specific details on how and what you can use to destroy these mites.

  2. Inspirepub profile image88
    Inspirepubposted 8 years ago

    Take it to the Pets forum - you will get a better response there ...

    1. JIQRP profile image61
      JIQRPposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you, I will put this article there.

  3. Maddie Ruud profile image82
    Maddie Ruudposted 8 years ago


    I've already moved this to the Pets forum.  Please do not repost, as you've already posted this same thread twice.  I've removed the other one.

    1. JIQRP profile image61
      JIQRPposted 8 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you