To weigh in on the humidity issue, I mix my aspen with sphagnum moss and I find it holds it better (for my particular house) then the chunky coco-block bedding that I’ve used in the past, and honestly way more cost effect for my needs and set ups. One bag of cocoblox barely fills all my enclosures, and that’s if I skimp on the ones that like to burrow. Whereas a big’ol bag of aspen and a couple of $5 bricks of moss will get me threw like 3-4 deep cleans of the whole collection.
As for the dust issue, I have to agree it really does come down to the brand. There are 2-3 different brands in my area that I’ve tried (though I do want to try sani-chip), and the one I like the most is Petsmart’s sophresh, and the dust isn’t any worse than cocoblox (though if you do get a particularly bad batch/brand I’d recommend spraying it down with water to help it settle once you’ve poured it out of the bag. You don’t really notice the dust with cocoblox because you soak it before hand. But I’m looking at a dry bag that I have left over right now and it’s dusty AF).
I’m not trying to say one is better than the other, they both have their time and their place. And certainly if you feel safer not using aspen for your particular circumstances than that’s your choice, I would never fault anyone for that, but aspen really isn’t any worse for your snake than cocofiber or cypress if you get a good brand that works for you and your home/natural environment.
But to get myself back on topic, @dogsledder2010, I’m so sorry you lost your snake. That’s never an easy thing, especially when it’s sudden. If you’re not having any issues with your other snakes then I doubt it was the bedding. But honestly you never now. Was it shredded aspen?
One of mine ended up getting a sliver stuck in their mouth before I switched to the chipped kind and it got infected. Maybe that had something to do with it? If a piece got lodged somewhere along the line?