We have tried tons of different substrates and found that we prefer Purina’s Yesterday’s News. NON-SCENTED. It works great for the smell, it is not easily ingested, or able to get in the animal’s vent while burrowing, and the hogs seem to really like it over some of the other substrates we have tried. This brand is also easily available at most pet stores and comes in two different bag sizes.
Be sure to only get the non-scented kind. One of the things that should be noted is we have found that it is best to set up your animal’s new home as close as possible to what the breeder is already doing. Bringing a new Western Hognoses home is already a large change for the animal and sometimes something as small as having a different substrate can be enough to cause the animal mild stress, which may lead to not eating.