OK, I’m admittedly relatively new to this game, and slightly embarrassed to ask this question. Simply put: Why any substrate?
I understand the benefits of humidity control, ability to clean, and possibly some roughage for shedding. I there’s newspaper, or something to make cleaning easier, and the temps/humidity are good am I worried about substrate after that??
Thanks in advance for being patient with me. In all my research I have not found reasons other than those outlined above for substrate.
For reference (and the record in case I get torched here), my tubs all have newspaper on the very bottom, then just enough coconut husk to bring up the humidity-like a small handful typically. The AC in the room keeps the ambient humidity around 35%, so I find the coconut husk helpful, but I do not need much, like a handful in each tub gets me to 50-60%. Thermostats, hydrometers, heat strips on each tubs shelf, and infrared gun all in use as well.
I do keep one BP in a terrarium in the main house (vs the finished basement). This one gets a bit more coco husk just to cover the glass bottom with no newspaper. Honestly, no real reason why other than aesthetics.
Am I missing anything? Is less more if the rest of the husbandry is in line?