Leaf Litter Substrates

All four of the most popular type of leaf litter for live vivariums


Vivarium Substrate Categories:


Vivarium Leaf Litter
Leaf Litter


Leaf Litter

Appropriate for use in vivariums & more

Live Oak Leaf Litter Magnolia Leaf Litter Sand Live Oak Leaf Litter Sea Grape Leaf Litter
Live Oak
Sand Live Oak
Sea Grape
Leaf litter is most commonly used as a "top layer" in vivarium construction (alongside moss & other small decor items), although there are many other herpetocultural uses for it. Our leaf litter is hand-bagged by our long-term contractor for a debris-free, clean product.
Live Oak Leaf Litter
Probably the most commonly used leaf litter today, since the perfectly sized small leaves resist breaking down while looking great. A long-lasting leaf litter in any vivarium.
Magnolia Leaf Litter
Our most inexpensive leaf litter. Magnolia is most commonly used with larger species, or by those who chop-up leaf litter before adding it to an enclosure, due to it's larger leaf size. It's thicker leaves are very long lasting in a vivarium.
Sand Live Oak Leaf Litter
Very similar to our standard Live Oak leaf litter, only with the leaves being slightly larger on average & also more curled. A long-lasting leaf litter in any vivarium.
Sea Grape Leaf Litter
Sea grape leaves are flat and thick, making them perfect for vivarium use. These sit flat against the substrate to allow for an even walking space for more terrestrial herp species, and are very long lasting in a vivarium.
Our primary supplier's natural inventory of leaves was negatively affected by a recent storm, and we're currently running very low on leaf litter. For now, we have just enough leaf litter include in our Vivarium Substrate Kits & Complete Vivarium Kits. Once supply returns to normal, which we're hoping will be in December, we'll be able to accomodate separate leaf litter purchases from kits. Thanks for your patience & understanding!
A Note On Processing Leaf Litter
While our leaf litter is hand picked, & debris-free, it's always a worthwhile practice to process leaf litter before using it in a live environment. The added peace of mind is worth the 5 minute procedure, and it carries all the same benefits of processing plants, only even easier.
Step 1: Thoroughly rinse leaves in a pot of water
Step 2: Drain & refill pot with fresh water
Step 3: Carefully boil leaves for 2-3 minutes
Step 4: Strain the leaves & allow them to cool before use