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  • Low Ph terrain for live plants in Boa's enclosure: good or bad?

    Hi everybody
    First: how good is the idea itself of putting live plants inside a Boa's terrarium?
    Moreover some of them need "acid" terrain... and I quite have no idea of what I'm talking about. :|
    Maybe I should just be less paranoid, as they all come from rainforest habitats just like her?

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    Re: Low Ph terrain for live plants in Boa's enclosure: good or bad?

    Live plants are really hard to maintain in a boa cage. The logistics alone in trying to put plants in so that the boa won't tip them over, rip them up, or make a mess in general make it not worth it for many keepers. As long as you replicate the temps and humidity they need, there's no reason to try to make a complete jungle habitat. Unless you want to. There isn't anything wrong with doing so, you just don't have to.

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    • #3
      Re: Low Ph terrain for live plants in Boa's enclosure: good or bad?

      Keep in mind that live plants can also cause plant mites.
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      • #4
        Re: Low Ph terrain for live plants in Boa's enclosure: good or bad?

        Ok, I'm giving it a try... let's see how long they live. I'm not even a good gardener yet and those are very delicate beings... it may last less than I hope ^^"

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          Re: Low Ph terrain for live plants in Boa's enclosure: good or bad?

          Well take some pictures for us once you get it all set up please?
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          • #6
            Re: Low Ph terrain for live plants in Boa's enclosure: good or bad?

            Don't worry, I'll submerge the whole forum with pics of Athena ^^"

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            • #7
              Re: Low Ph terrain for live plants in Boa's enclosure: good or bad?

              Hi, these are my thoughts on the plant/ph subject. I've been trying to imitate the natural environment of a jungle in my enclosure, mainly because my boa seems to be fascinated by plants By this I mean smelling them and looking at them from every possible side (if I place a flower in that she can slide under it's leaves, she'll prefer that to the hide), and I kind of like to see the animal get active and move around and not just staying in place when not eating (naturally the boa sometimes has to move to find pray, pets don't). Also I've had people tell me advice that would have made the enclosure identical to laboratory conditions, sterile and dull, no plants, no climbing places, nothing, all based on being able to keep the cage bacteria free. However a slightly low Ph in the natural environment (like the amazon river) also takes care of the bacteria issue, and there is the fact that live plants clean the air and produce oxygen. I will rather take the extra time to check all live plants for any insects and try and imitate the natural habitat than keep a live animal in a boring box. This is just my view, I always try and think about the mental side of the animal and my particular boa girl acts like this, I'm not saying all do

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