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Safe & Unsafe Woods List
02-12-2008, 08:17 PM (This post was last modified: 10-25-2013 09:50 PM by vckums.)
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Safe & Unsafe Woods List
Safe Woods for Crab Tanks

Here follows a list of woods that can be used safely in a hermit crab environment. These are non-toxic woods that won’t hurt them if eaten. This list, as all the others, is not in any way complete, and will be expanded as new information is received.
Cholla wood
Cork bark
Cypress (swamp variety, taxodium species)
Grape vine
Hiawatha Moss

Unsafe Woods

Bitter Almond
Cherry Laurel
Evergreen of any kind (pine, cedar, redwood, etc.)
Spanish Moss

Info for Iroko wood-
Iroko is a hardwood from tropical Africa. It is one of the woods sometimes referred to as African Teak. In the UK there are trade restrictions on the machining of this timber as the dust is known to be carcinogenic.

And then there's this.
Teak (botanic name Tectona)(Sanskrit : saka साक), is a genus of tropical hardwood trees in the mint family

The carcinogens and the wood being in the mint family(crabs cannot have mint) would automatically make it unsafe. Since it could also be in the mullberry wood family, crabs cannot eat mullberry leaves, so it would also be unsafe.. They are on the unsafe list as well.

Found on a Chinchilla site. This is very good information.
Here is a list of known woods that are not safe for Chinchillas and other 'chewing' pets
Tallow - the sap in all tallow wood is questionable - the Chinese Tallow sap is poisonous
Any Redwoods avoid - although not know toxic to man - certain redwoods are known to be acidic
Any Mahogany - although mountain may be safe - Cherry mahogany is toxic
Blackwood, Boxwood, Box Elder, Beech, Cashew, Cedar, Chestnut, Chinese snake tree (very toxic to humans)
Cypress, Elderberry, Eucalyptus (although safe for birds and no know toxic ever reported), Ebony, Fir, Greenheart,
Ginko, Hemlock, hydrangea, Iroko, Ironwood (also called musclewood or hornbeam in Europe),
Juniper (although okay in small doses) Katon, Laurel, Maple
Myrtle, Obeche, Oak, Ramin, Satinwood, Sandalwood, Spruce, Sneezewood, Teak, Wenge, Walnut, Yew

(Also refer to the Inedible list for unsafe woods and plants)
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