Dried Red Oak leaves are a hardy leaf litter, as they take longer to decompose than other deciduous tree leaves may. Simply place them into your vivarium to provide a multi use area for your frogs. They will use it for hiding in, foraging for Springtails or Isopods, and even for egg laying sites.
Jungle Jewel Exotics harvests our Red Oak leaves from a safe site that is free of pesticides and other chemicals that may be harmful to your amphibian and reptile friends.
Oak leaves are an ideal leaf litter for all frogs to use, especially smaller species like Ranitomeya, Oophaga pumilio, Ameerega, Leucomela, Auratus, Tinctorius. Snakes, Geckos and other reptiles will also find great enrichment when you add oak leaves to their enclosures. Oak Leaves will help mimic a natural setting and is part of a healthy bioactive enclosure for your reptiles and amphibians.
How To Use Red Oak Leaves In A Terrarium
Simply place a handful of Oak leaves into pile in your vivarium or terrarium. Periodically “fluff” up the pile to help keep it airy so that frogs and other reptiles can easily forage for springtails or to hide in.
There is no need to remove oak leaves from your vivarium, as they will naturally decompose and be eaten by springtails and isopods and other micro fauna. Add more as leaves as needed. You can even use the tannins from boiled oak leaves to create a “Tadpole Tea” that is used to help raise Dart Frog Tadpoles.
How To Use Red Oak Leaves In An Aquarium
Oak Leaves can also be used in aquariums. With this natural product, tannins will be released into your water. We recommend pre-soaking the leaves before introducing them into your aquarium and to add them in slowly, so as to not change the pH levels drastically.
How To Clean And Sanitize Oak Leaves For A Terrarium Or Aquarium
While you can simply rinse you leaves, it is recommended that you also sterilize your oak leaves prior to using them in a terrarium or aquarium. To achieve this you can microwave damp leaves for 1-2 minute, boil leaves for approximately 5 minutes, or bake damp leaves at 200 °F for approximately 15-20 minutes.
Guaranteed to be at least 50 grams of dried leaves.
*May still contain some grass clippings and other seeds and occasionally other leaves.
Red Oak Leaves are available for shipping within Canada only or pick up in Calgary by appointment