Versatile natural substrate for tropical or desert herptile species. Zoo Med Eco Earth is excellent bedding material for frogs, toads, dry land newts (not aquatic newts), tortoises, box turtles and other terrestrial turtles, forest dwelling lizards and snakes (not desert species) as well as all types of invertebrates including hermit crabs, spiders and insects. Made from a renewable resource of coconut fibers, eco-friendly Eco Earth can be safely composted when you perform a bedding/substrate change of your reptile's home. Naturally absorbs and breaks down odors and waste. Use damp for tropical species, dry for desert species, or mix with an organic fertilizer for the perfect vivaria soil.
This compressed substrate is shipped as eco-conscious bricks that require minimum packaging material for a sensible way to reduce packaging waste. Once properly hydrated, compressed coconut fiber brick expands up to eight times its size to produce 7-8 liters of ready-to-use substrate, enough for a 40-gallon aquarium. 3-pack.
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- Place brick in pail/bucket or sink.
- Add four quarts of water.
- Allow brick to expand for 20 to 30 minutes.
- Wring out excess moisture.
For small animals, snakes, and tarantulas, use dry by laying out moist substrate in the sun to dry before moving to your animal's enclosure.
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Pour Zoo Med Eco Earth into the enclosure to the desired depth. A depth of 1.5 to 2 times the height of your animal is recommended for burrowing tortoises, terrestrial turtles (like box turtles) and toads. This provides your reptiles/amphibians with enough substrate material to create natural burrows or "microclimates," which is critical to the health of many humidity loving reptiles and amphibians. Cork bark pieces are excellent decorative elements to add on top of your Eco Earth substrate and function as "roofs" for microclimate caves.
Mist your Eco Earth daily to achieve the desired humidity level in your enclosure. Check your humidity gauge to confirm that you have the correct humidity levels for the species you are keeping. It helps to partially cover the top of your terrarium glass to increase humidity levels.
Spot clean as needed. If a foul odor persists, then remove all Eco Earth and replace. Changing all of your Eco Earth depends on the smell and number/size of animals in your enclosure but a 100% change is recommended at least every six months.