What type of substrate or bedding do you think would be best fit for your ball python cage? Choosing the best substrate for ball pythons isn’t a simple task as anyone would say. The reason being that there are so many different products on the market you can choose from and each claim to be the best.
Your search for the best bedding for your python ends here today. I’ve made the work a lot easier for you. From 15 shortlisted beddings, I was able to pick out 7 great python beddings for your reptile pet.
Does A Python Require Bedding?
Pythons live in grassland habitats and savannas and primarily take shelter in rodent burrows. Well, humidity levels in rodent burrows are relatively much high compared to the ground above. We all know savannah isn’t a moist place either but python survives with a secure skin full of damp moss.
Most snakes also are shy and will hide in mossy places where they feel more secure than in open spaces. To maintain the same humidity levels as in the wild for your snake, a substrate is required. So then answer as to whether a snake requires bedding is- YES.
When choosing bedding for your snake, please stay away from cedar substrates because they are toxic to any species of snake. Additionally, when designing your python’s terrarium, always keep in mind that they have a secretive nature and provide them with a place they can hide.
Best substrate/bedding for ball pythons reviews
As I mentioned earlier, I will help you choose the best substrate options for your snake pet. These are my final best products shortlisted from my broader list, so whichever product you choose, you’re assured of quality and your pet will love it.
1. Zoo Med Eco Eco Earth
Eco Earth is made from coconut husks and can be safely recycled or composted in gardens or potted plants. It’s more of inert bedding meaning that the products is unlikely to have nasty bugs and parasites in it. Additionally, it’s also environmentally friendly since its made from coconut fibers– coconut milk industries waste products.
The coconut fiber is good in moisture/liquid absorption and also looks pretty good and smells nice as well. While this substrate does a good job in absorbing liquids, it’s also hard to dry. So make sure that it’s dry before placing it in the tank.
2. Galapagos Cypress Forest Bedding
If you truly need to increase the humidity levels inside your reptile’s enclosure, then a cypress bedding can get the job done in no time. Immediately upon opening a fresh bag of cypress mulch, you will discover that it’s a bit moist when fresh. However, if you don’t want to raise the humid levels for your pet, its recommended you dry it in the sun before getting it inside your snake’s enclosure.
The best part is that cypress mulch is highly resistant to mold growth and so you shouldn’t be worried about its high moisture levels. When buying make sure the substrate contains only cypress blend and nothing else. I discovered that some cypress substrates may contain pine shavings which can be toxic to your pet.
3. Super Moss Orchid Bark
This orchid potting bark is one of the best substrate for ball pythons and especially a good alternative to cypress mulch substrate.
Because it’s a good alternative to cypress mulch bedding, it can help in rising humidity levels of the snake’s tank. However if you don’t like the idea of humidity, I would recommend you to dry out the bark first before placing it in the tank. The only shortcoming with this product is that it can dramatically raise the humidity levels of the tank especially if you live in high humid countries.
4. Zoo Med Forest Floor
Zoo Med Forest Floor is one of the best newsprint substrate for pythons. If you’re on a budget also want a simple and efficient way of cleaning your python enclosure, then this one suits you best.
It is natural cypress mulch bedding that gives your terrarium a natural forest floor look while at the same time retaining good humidity levels in the enclosure. The substrate is best fit for tortoises of tropical origins and snakes amphibians such as ball pythons.
The substrate is able to hold enough moisture which enables burrowing reptiles to burrow without injuries. And as earlier mentioned, cypress mulch is highly resistant to molding and so you shouldn’t be worried even when it’s wet.
5. Viva Paper Towels
Besides using newsprints, paper towels also form the best substrate for ball pythons. They are affordable, can be easily removed from the tank and give maximum comfort for your ball python. Changing soiled ones with new paper towels is a breeze.
But, if your pet burrows, I wouldn’t recommend this bedding though. The only downside is that they look pretty ugly in the enclosure. They lack that natural “wild” feel. You can order a bunch of these with a coupon discount here.
6. Evergreen Pet Supplies Fogger
Ball pythons require very high levels of humidity in their enclosure. All the products on my list have the humidity factor taken care of. If you live in places where it gets cold, you can invest in this Evergreen humidifier so that your pet gets their optimum humidity levels.
No need for a humidifier if you live in a place where humidity levels are pretty high. Instead you can just invest in any other product I’ve reviewed above to maintain the best humidity levels in the pets’ enclosure.
7. ReptChip Coconut Substrate
This bedding is made from high quality coconut and like any other substrates; it does a fantastic job in liquid/moisture and odor absorption.
It’s made of 100% organic materials; it’s easy to clean and doesn’t host nasty bugs and mites. It’s also dust free and because it holds optimum moisture levels, you won’t have to deal with misty/foggy enclosure anymore. However the only downside with this substrate is that the package comes compressed and so you’ll have to add water to break the chips into pieces.
Final Thoughts On Substrate For Ball Pythons
Well choosing the best substrate for ball pythons shouldn’t be a hassle anymore because I’ve done the legwork for you and made your work much simple.
Before summing up, it’s always important to keep your python’s enclosure clean and get rid of all traces of feces and urine as soon as possible. You should do a thorough cleaning every month, change all used bedding, cage accessories and disinfect the cage with bleach. If you have any questions please do let me know in the comment section down below. You can also read my article on best harness and leash for bearded dragon or cat food to give a hedgehog.