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King Baboon Set up

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Gillian Pajor, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. Gillian Pajor

    Gillian Pajor Arachnosquire

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    I just got a young king baboon tarantula and i was curious about how his set up should be. Hes on some mulch right now and a small plant. I know they are burrowers but i want to make sure i have everything so he can be a happy little spider
     
  2. TownesVanZandt

    TownesVanZandt Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Lots of substrate for it to burrow and a waterdish. It can be a good idea to make a starter burrow for it so you can watch it from one of the sides.
     
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  3. Gillian Pajor

    Gillian Pajor Arachnosquire

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    do i need any plants or anything in the cage or should i avoid that? and can i just start that burrow anywhere? or should it be in a corner
     
  4. TownesVanZandt

    TownesVanZandt Arachnodemon Active Member

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    You can add plants if you want, but it will be for your sake (to make the enclosure more appealing) and not for the tarantula who doesn´t care either way. You can of course start the burrow anywhere, but if you do it in the middle you will not be able to peak in with a flashlight.
     
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  5. 0311usmc

    0311usmc Arachnosquire

    First of all great choice in tarantula my man. All you really need is a ton of dirt. I gave both of my P.muticus's 14" of substrate and both burrowed straight to the bottom. I started a burrow for mine at the center of an end so I can see both with a flashlight most of the time. I don't use a water dish for my fossorials I just pour a little water into substrate so the very bottom is a little MOIST. MOIST not damp or swampy. That's all bro, just a ton of dirt and enjoy, by far my favorite tarantula. Here is my female chilling in her burrow.
     

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  6. Dorifto

    Dorifto Arachnopeon

    You can put a dried grass and some woods where start a hide. How is your enclosure?
     
  7. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoking Active Member

    Personally I wouldn't go daft with substrate depth. Chances are you have to put prey into the bottom of the burrow for your King to eat.

    I give my young adult female about 6-8 inches of sub and I have to regularly rip out the silk covering her burrow entrance to feed her.
     
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  8. antinous

    antinous Phormic-Addict Arachnosupporter

    Remove the mulch and substitute it with either: coco fiber, peat moss, top soil (with no additives). How large is it? I haven't kept this species but if it is on the smaller side I wouldn't give it a crazy amount of substrate. I just finished listening to a podcast that Tom Moran made regarding how he, and others, lost a couple of young P. muticus as they gave them a large amount of sub and they didn't feed (the ones he got after he put in enclosures with a reasonable amount of sub and they did fine).
     
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  10. Gillian Pajor

    Gillian Pajor Arachnosquire

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    im at work right now but off hand hes between 1-2 inches leg spand maybe 2.5. I can get aq picture up when i get home and show you but he is a small cage and because of his size i was afraid to move him to a 10gallon just yet
     
  11. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    You really don't need all that much substrate. I've had alot of issues with KBs blocking off burrow entrances and never emerging. Without being in premolt.

    I offer legspan deep for my specimen now. And don't plan on changing it.

    Do remember they should not be kept bone dry. That's a pretty common misconception.. 1539300499362862654583.jpg
     
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  12. Gillian Pajor

    Gillian Pajor Arachnosquire

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    This is him
     

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  13. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoking Active Member

    You want to replace that substrate with moss peat/eco earth etcetera. Something that your little king can dig a burrow into.
     
  14. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    Fairly deep substrate with a hide/starter burrow, they can go downhill if kept too dry (they dehydrate and then start to refuse food IIRC) so try to keep the bottom layers of substrate somewhat moist (I use plastic enclosures so I just push the side out slightly and syringe water down the side directly to the bottom).

    Mine took to the starter burrow/hide I provided then dug straight down to the bottom, across the back and then made another entrance in the corner behind the hide (both are sealed as it's in pre-moult now so I've marked them), mine seems to eat pretty well (I leave a pre-killed between the two entrances and it's usually gone within a few hours).

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