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    Thread: natural looking substrate for baboons

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      natural looking substrate for baboons

      hey guys
      what do you use for your baboon spiders, that looks natural (something you would expect to see in their natural habitat)
      i use coir and it looks pretty nasty, when you want to try a biotope vivarium
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      hmm... first reply??

      I use 100% peat (sphagnum peat moss).. sometimes I mix in a bit of coir... or EE.. peat does dry out more quickly... so that's why I use a humidifier as-well..

      I really don't think one can get much closer to a natural looking substrate than with peat. it looks similar to a rich fertile soil. I have also used coconut husk fiber sparingly to make a less even surface. a moderate level of Uneven-ness is the key for looking natural.. I purchased a coconut water bowl with the husk still attached.. cut the husk off myself... (10-20% of the husk is more than enough) I use shell as a large water bowl.. for seeping water into the soil. they don't hold water very well..



      BTW... What kind of Baboon are we talking about??
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      Hey, Greg.
      thanks for the reply
      I'm neaning typical east/south african baboons like Pterinochilus and horned baboons
      from what i've seen, they live in very clay like, red sandy soil. it holds their burrow really well also
      i've got close with clay and coconut fibre, but it doesn't quite look and act right
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      I've been wondering much the same thing. I have been considering using Zoo Med's Excavator clay burrowing substrate mixed with peat or coco coir, but haven't taken the leap yet. The T I want to use it with is an AF M. balfouri, so it wouldn't be a cheap mistake if things go wrong! The packaging says it is safe for Ts, but the same company also sells calcisand products and claims they are safe for lizards... lol.

      There are plenty of respected keepers who use plain old soil they collect. Look for something loamy and do your best to ensure it hasn't been treated with pesticides or exposed to any other such nastiness. I have used peat, coco coir and ABG mix in the past, but I am also looking for something both more natural and sturdier for my burrowing baboons. I thought the clay might be safer than soil.

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