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    Lightbulb Zilla Bark Blend Thoughts?


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    I've been trying to wrap my head around this ethical decision for a while!

    So i'll try to keep it short, I keep my crestie in a tub enclosure because the humidity in Canada might as well be in the negatives lol. and I wanted to give my crestie boy a bit of an upgrade.

    i thought i'd go to home depot to buy some bark nuggets and get some aquarium glue to make like an 'accent wall/climbing wall' on one or two of the sides with some cork bark tunnels for enrichment and to make it more interesting in his cage.

    but doing some digging I found cedar wood or any fir/pine related tree bark (along with mulch) are highly toxic and could cause respiratory illnesses and skin irritation down the line to reptiles.

    so I thought maybe buying industrial/gardening wasn't the play. Every site is filled exclusively with pine or cedar bark chips/nuggets so that's a hard no.


    I went on to see if there were more pet friendly/pet branded bark nuggets out there, and I came across the Zilla 11300 Bark Blend and I thought oh it's pet safe, maybe it's a different type of wood?

    but i dug around the internet and found that the wood is also from fir/pine tree families. It says it's heat treated, and i won't be using is as bedding (so it won't be wet constantly) so i'm deciding whether or not it's actually safe, or just a facade to sell something just as problematic and much cheaper at home hardware( which I would just give up on this project at that point.)

    I couldn't find ANY actual health related reviews online anywhere (or wood alternatives!) so this is the only place I thought of! Sorry if it's a bit off-topic but I thought it's specifically just for a my crestie so yeah, any advice would be great!

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    My latest favorite substrate (haven't tried the Zilla) is Josh's Frogs Bioactive Bedding (https://www.joshsfrogs.com/josh-s-fr...-4-quarts.html). For a crestie, you can use the substrate without a drainage layer. I was skeptical at first, but I have it in a gargoyle cage and a day gecko cage and it works really well.

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    It's not going to be used as a bedding, but glued on the side as an accent/climbing wall, so the pieces would have to be medium-large.

    Thanks regardless!

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