Can You Use Newspaper With Snakes?

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You just got a new snake and you’re wondering what kind of substrate or bedding to use.

You’ve been to the pet store and they had so many options! Wood chips cypress mulch aspen shavings reptile carpet paper towel newspaper.. the list goes on.

You’ve been doing some research online and you’ve seen that some people say never to use newspaper with snakes while others say it’s just fine.

So can you use newspaper with snakes?

Yes you can use newspaper with snakes.

It is a safe cheap and easy to find substrate.

That being said there are some things you should keep in mind if you decide to use newspaper.

First snakes are escape artists.

If you have a snake that is prone to escaping its enclosure newspaper is probably not the best substrate for you.

Snakes can easily rip through paper so if your snake is a Houdini you might want to consider another substrate.

Second newspaper can be slippery.

If you have a snake that is not very good at climbing newspaper may not be the best substrate for you.

Newspaper can be slippery and make it difficult for some snakes to get a good grip.

Third newspaper can be messy.

If you have a snake that is messy newspaper may not be the best substrate for you.

Newspaper can absorb urine and feces which can make it difficult to keep the enclosure clean.

Fourth newspaper can be dangerous.

If you have a snake that is prone to chewing on things newspaper may not be the best substrate for you.

Snakes can easily chew through paper and ingest ink which can be harmful.

Fifth newspaper can be boring.

If you have a snake that is active and needs stimulation newspaper may not be the best substrate for you.

Snakes can get bored easily and newspaper does not provide much in the way of stimulation.

So should you use newspaper with snakes? It really depends on your individual snake.

If you have a snake that is escape-prone messy or bored easily you might want to consider another substrate.

However if you have a snake that is not escape-prone not messy and not bored easily newspaper can be a safe cheap and easy-to-find substrate.