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Excellent article on toxic wood substrates

Postby Tortoise Trust » Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:28 am

This comes up regularly, so I am posting it here.

http://www.ratfanclub.org/pine&cdr.html

As we have been saying for a very long time. Cedar and Pine-based substrates should be TOTALLY AVOIDED.
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Re: Excellent article on toxic wood substrates

Postby suered » Thu Oct 03, 2013 5:38 pm

Can you please tell me what is the best and safest substrate for a Hermon tortoise and wheres best to buy it from ?

Thanks SR
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Re: Excellent article on toxic wood substrates

Postby Joan » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:57 pm

Your tortoise needs a 50/50mix of children's playsand and topsoil, make sure the soil is free from any chemicals like fertiliser. You could also add some pea gravel. All of this is available at most DIY shops or garden centres.
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Re: Excellent article on toxic wood substrates

Postby suered » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:54 pm

Thanks Joan where can I buy the top soil from that is safe to use
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Re: Excellent article on toxic wood substrates

Postby Stuart » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:09 am

suered wrote:Thanks Joan where can I buy the top soil from that is safe to use


You could just use your own garden soil if it's chemical free.
Or buy bagged topsoil from garden centres, Homebase, B&Q etc. - ie same place you'd be going to for the playsand. Watch out though for anything extraneous, like bits of glass or anything else that shouldn't be there.
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Re: Excellent article on toxic wood substrates

Postby Dennis » Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:30 pm

Very good reading.

Are the same effect with fir? That is also often used in the hobby.
Also are a bit concerned about the "snake bedding" product. Anyone know what type of Wood are in that?
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Re: Excellent article on toxic wood substrates

Postby Dennis » Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:30 pm

Very good reading.

Are the same effect with fir? That is also often used in the hobby.
Also are a bit concerned about the "snake bedding" product. Anyone know what type of Wood are in that?
Best regards
Dennis

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Re: Excellent article on toxic wood substrates

Postby Tortoise Trust » Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:19 pm

Fir - yes - toxic.

Most snake bedding is aspen, but it pays to check.
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Re: Excellent article on toxic wood substrates

Postby Bigjoe » Wed Oct 29, 2014 11:23 pm

This was also very interesting in the artical
Pine resin is also used in adhesives, paints and varnishes,
Worth checking out your products when building pens/ tables / enclosures
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