Cholla Wood

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Cholla Wood Skeletons are the remains after a cholla plant dies. It is a soft wood which provides a food source for biofilm that shrimp will feed on, similar to what leaves do. The cholla's may holes provides hiding places for shrimp after they molt or when they are feeling vulnerable. The wood will eventually break down and disppear but it will take at least a year for the thinnest pieces and much much longer for the thicker ones.


I currently have 2 different species of Cholla for sale, Walking Stick Cholla and Teddy Bear Cholla.

Cane Cholla (Opuntia spinosior) - This species of cholla is native to Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Western Texas, and Northern Mexico. Cane Cholla can tolorate colder weather then most other cholla species. The skeletons from these cholla rarely have a diameter of 1".

Teddy Bear or Jumping Cholla (Opuntia bigelovii)- This species of cholla is native to the Sonoran Desert of western Arizona, southern Nevada and southeastern California. It is easily recognizable by its bright yellow thorns. The skeletons from these cholla are larger are typically have a diameter of 2".

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