ReptiChip is made from the highest grade of chipped coconut husk available. Reptile and Amphibian keepers love ReptiChip because it:
We ceased using cypress here due to the rampant destruction of wetland habitats. 68% of the US wetland habitat has been destroyed since 1970 due to the deforestation that occurs to produce cypress mulch. A cypress tree takes 40 years to grow to size. We moved to chipped coconut (of the absolute highest quality) which is a sustainable and renewable resource. Here are a few articles for those that are interested in learning more about wetland habitat destruction caused by the cypress logging industry:
-Testing: Nine months of experimentation of 9 different manufacturers and varieties of chipped coconut on our personal collection of over 1000 animals prior to bringing the coconut to market. The coconut was evaluated on several criteria (quality, consistency, and cleanliness, etc.) as well as the manufacturing process (Quality Control, packaging, delivery times, response time, etc.). The coconut and manufacturer that we have chosen have surpassed all other brands in our testing.
-Knowledge: ReptiChip LLC was formed first and foremost by reptile people. JT Tomlinson of On the Ball Pythons formed this company from the ground up knowing that ReptiChip is the absolute BEST product available for the majority of species commonly kept in the exotic animal hobby. We take pride in our knowledge base about coconut, and more specifically, how to use ReptiChip with reptiles, amphibians, rodents, and other small mammals.
-Giving back: ReptiChip continually donates to organizations and individuals that further the expansion of the reptile hobby and the enhance the protection of reptile keeper rights. In 2016, ReptiChip has significantly contributed to USARK, The Texas Rattlesnake Festival, K3M Veterans for Veterans. and private hobbyists who have lost their animal collections through tragedy or crisis. ReptiChip additionally promotes fellow reptile and amphibian breeders who are up and coming in the industry through paid and unpaid advertising campaigns.
-Ethics: We promote only the best business practices and unsurpassed customer service in all that we do. Our customers are our business…and we take care of them before all else.
Break off what you need and just expand that (be sure to use less water than you think...it's always easier to add more water later). You can store the rest of the dry block for use indefinitely.
Expand the whole block in a large container or tote, and use just what you need. For this you can store the constituted block, however you will want to leave the lid off of the top to allow the moisture to evaporate. Give it a hand toss every few days to allow the chip to aerate until dry. When it comes time to replace your Reptichip, just add a bit more water to the amount you need and you're in business!
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|Low in sodium / Mineral content|
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