So I recently bought a California kingsnake at a reptile show and I wanted to put a viv together for it. I'm just not sure of the type of substrate for it. I don't want to use straight sand because I don't think that'll get good for the plants I intend to use (succulents, basically). Should I use a ABG type substrate and mix it with sand?
I would def stray away from sands just because although there are deserts and what not around the snakes, they tend to go toward packed dirt/mud or plant debris where they live. Plus as much as snakes flick their tongue you might run into a host of issues with them breathing in the dust ect.
is a good resource!
and like they mention, to conduct good heat, maybe pea gravel (also to hold the plants in place, and i recommend not taking them out of a pot so you can move them, and clean around them when needed, plus ill bet you 100$ your snake is going to demolish them to some extent heh)
but yeah, pea gravel, with a good soil/wood substrate mix ontop (no sappy trees like pine or cedar) aspen, or cocofiber to get a good base Debris might be nice too, seeing as they like to hide a lot, I would see about snake safe cactus bone ect. Snake cages are so much fun!
If you do this though, i recommend feeding outside of the cage, snakes are not smart and I know mine try to eat things they shouldnt all the time
gl, I look forward to seeing some pics!