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Magnolia leaf litter (Magnolia grandiflora) is a hard leaf that can provide multiple benefits to a bioactive enclosure. Firstly, it acts as a natural nutrient layer above the substrate, contributing to the creation of a diverse microhabitat for beneficial good bacteria and invertebrates. Secondly, as the Magnolia leaf litter slowly decomposes, it releases organic matter and nutrients over time, enriching the soil and supporting plant growth. Lastly, the leaf litter offers opportunities for foraging and natural behaviors (enrichment) for reptiles and invertebrates within the enclosure. Even in high humidity enclosures this leaf litter will hold its shape and take a bit of time to decompose making it a wonderful hiding place.


This leaf litter can be used in all habitat types of BioActive enclosures.


How to use: Simply spread a layer of clean and dry valley oak leaf litter on the floor of the enclosure. Aim for a depth of 1-2 inches, depending on the size of the enclosure.  Leaf litter should be the top layer of your animal's home. It can also be added directly into the substrate for your burrowing type isopods to utilize as food. If you are using a BioActive Supply substrate, organics including small pieces of leaf litter are already added to the substrate, no additional leaf litter is required to be mixed in. 


A fun fact about Magnolia Trees is that they are believed to be one of the oldest flowering plant species on Earth, with their origins dating back over 95 million years. Fossil records show that magnolias existed during the time of the dinosaurs, making them ancient and fascinating plants that have stood the test of time.


Magnolia Leaf Litter