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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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Help with substrate mix - short-grass prairie

I'm having trouble finding a substrate mix to use for my western hognose snake's vivarium. Most guides I've found are for tropical mixes, and that's understandable 'cause tropical plants are more colorful or somethin' :V

I'm trying to create some sort of short-grass prairie environment to emulate the natural habitat of the western hognose. The plants I plan to use are blue grama and buffalo grass. I might have one kind of flowering plant if I have the room. From what info I've been able to gather the substrate needs to be dry and easily drained, but I don't know what materials to start with.

I have a bit of experience with planted aquariums but this will be my first venture into vivaria. Any help is appreciated!
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You might just do a mixture of organic potting soil and sand.
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You might end up having to trim the grass, depending on how tall your tank is. In my very limited experience with growing grass in vivariums, the stuff grew like crazy.
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