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What Wood Chips should you NOT use for tarantula bedding?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Corbet, May 9, 2003.

  1. Corbet

    Corbet Arachnopeon

    Can someone tell me what kinda of wood chips you should NOT use for tarantula bedding? Or what kind works best?
  2. Don't use any wood chips with tarantulas at all is best, but if you must, make sure it is a hardwood. All evergreen trees contain a natural insecticide.

    Peat moss is what most use and you'll find it in any garden store or dept., and it is likely cheaper than the wood chips you are talking about. I us it mixed with vermiculite, but some Ts once grown, are fine without it's moisture retentive qualities
  3. Corbet

    Corbet Arachnopeon

    My father has had tarantulas in the past (Hes had about 4), and he said that peat moss would be a mess to clean up. He said he used to use fish tank gravel.
  4. invertepet

    invertepet Arachnolord Old Timer

    No wood chips in general, unless it's a mulch-type jungle mix (the titular version of which is rather good for large enclosures, not for small ones). Especially stay away from Pine and Cedar.

  5. Steve Nunn

    Steve Nunn Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Hi Corbet,
    Peat moss IS a mess to clean up, but it's the substrate of choice nowadays. Fish tank gravel used to be very popular, as your father mentioned, but it's not something that's used anymore.

  6. SpiderTwin

    SpiderTwin Arachnoangel Old Timer

    I use the shredded coconut bark for my T's, this and organic growing medium come in bricks that you soak in water to expand it and break it up. This stuff is good because it gets lighter in color as it dries out and you can see if the enclosure needs more moisture. When it's dry, it is just like dry dirt when it comes to cleaning it up. Use something like this and stay away from the wood chips and the gravel.