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    Other than loose / fine substrate - are there any kind of tiles / slate slabs that can't be used for floor covering? (I assume the smooth porcelain types are bad for traction).

    For substrate:
    I have a shale bed back home on the farm that I can get nice flat slabs from (also great place for fossils lol), I used this is my pythons tank for a "feeding zone" since he likes dragging his food around, but snakes don't "lick" things. Of course I cleaned all the dirt off and boiled the pieces, then used a grinder brick to smooth all the edges so nothing is sharp.

    I used pieces of yoga mat under the larger pieces so they didn't scratch the bottom of his enclosure or slide easily. I would not use this as main substrate, just as padding under the tiles / slate.

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    I almost took geology as a major and love rock collecting, so I have a ton of rocks laying around that I like to use in my pythons tank. The ones I use have flat bottoms and are balanced as not to be able to shift and fall. Would any of these be harmful to use for enrichment (cleans and disinfected via boiling of course). *I typically use hard sandstone, granite, and occasionally metamorphic rounded river rock*

    I also **LOVE** terra cotta pots for hides, the python loves them. I have stone cutting tools that I can use to make entrances, sand down edges, cut them in half, etc - but again, snakes don't lick things - so I don't know if these are safe.
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    As far as I know, these are all fine, though it's going to be kind of heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpottedDragon View Post
    Other than loose / fine substrate - are there any kind of tiles / slate slabs that can't be used for floor covering? (I assume the smooth porcelain types are bad for traction).

    For substrate:
    I have a shale bed back home on the farm that I can get nice flat slabs from (also great place for fossils lol), I used this is my pythons tank for a "feeding zone" since he likes dragging his food around, but snakes don't "lick" things. Of course I cleaned all the dirt off and boiled the pieces, then used a grinder brick to smooth all the edges so nothing is sharp.

    I used pieces of yoga mat under the larger pieces so they didn't scratch the bottom of his enclosure or slide easily. I would not use this as main substrate, just as padding under the tiles / slate.

    As decor:
    I almost took geology as a major and love rock collecting, so I have a ton of rocks laying around that I like to use in my pythons tank. The ones I use have flat bottoms and are balanced as not to be able to shift and fall. Would any of these be harmful to use for enrichment (cleans and disinfected via boiling of course). *I typically use hard sandstone, granite, and occasionally metamorphic rounded river rock*

    I also **LOVE** terra cotta pots for hides, the python loves them. I have stone cutting tools that I can use to make entrances, sand down edges, cut them in half, etc - but again, snakes don't lick things - so I don't know if these are safe.
    My husbands Leo was on slate tiles and it worked well. The only thing was maybe cuz the size of the tank (36x18x12)? Some space was left uncovered so he just put paper towel for that spot.

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    Yeah, I'm not planning on adding the larger rocks and such until I get the AP (pvc) cage. I'm gonna start with just the slate tiles and terra cotta pots. I've also seen people using white plumbing pvc pipe for makeshift "tunnels" for snakes an that always looks cool too.

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    Natural cork bark comes in tunnels of all sizes and flats. It's great for hides.

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