Vacapaleta leaves also known as cows ear leaves, are an excellent leaf litter you can use in a terrarium or vivarium. They will also make a nice treat for your isopods and springtails in a bioactive terrarium
Using Vacapaleta Leaves in a Terrarium
Leaf litter not only helps with providing a naturalistic appearance, but the leaves also provide hiding spots for animals such as dart frogs and small reptiles. Even snakes will enjoy hiding under the leaves. Additionally, micro fauna like springtails and isopods will use the decomposing leaves as food. In the forest, the leaf litter may be several inches thick. Typically in a naturalistic or bioactive terrarium, you want to have the leaves at least a few layers deep and you should routinely add leaves as you see them decomposing.
How to clean and sanitize Vacapaleta Leaves
While you can simply rinse you leaves, it is recommended that you also sterilize your leaves prior to using them in a terrarium. 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.
Each package contains 20gm (.75oz) of dried Vacapaleta leaves
Due to the nature of this product there will be variation in size and shape.
Check out our Red Oak Leaves for another common leaf litter used in terrariums and vivariums.
Vacapaleta Leaves are available for sale and shipping in Canada.