4 bedding options for you pet snake

There are a lot of different options to choose from in regards to snake bedding so it is crucial you make an informed decision on which one you choose for your pet snake.

You must consider: your budget, the species of snake you own and how you want it to look in the cage before making your decision. We look at some of the pros and cons of four types of bedding options for your pet snake.

Newspaper/Paper Towels

Pro Con
Cheap Not easy to burrow through
Easy to obtain Not very decorative
Easy to replace


Pro Con
Perfect for burrowing snakes Snakes can ingest sand causing serious problems
Decorative Sand can get stuck under snake’s scales which can cause serious problems
Comes in a range of colours Becomes soiled quickly will have to be completely replaced


Pro Con
Cheap Easily soiled
Can be washed and cleaned Not good for burrowing snakes
Comes in an array of colours

Cyprus Mulch

Pro Con
Snakes can easily dig around You have to bake the mulch for over an hour in the oven to any kill and mites or other parasites that might be living in the mulch.
Retains humidity
Looks good
Odour-controlling properties

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