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My G. Rosea is a burrower

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Carlos Erion, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. Carlos Erion

    Carlos Erion Arachnopeon

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    Well this is a new one for me.

    My G. Rosea burrowed yesterday.

    I thought that they were terrestrials not burowers.

    any comment????? :?
     
  2. CedrikG

    CedrikG Arachnoking Old Timer

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    maybe she's in premolt, did you put a hide in there ? if not she'S making his own hide
     
  3. Carlos Erion

    Carlos Erion Arachnopeon

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    yes I did

    she's been with me for 6 months.

    and she's got her hide all right. and I don't think she is premolt.

    since she took two Crickets the day before.

    and she dug the burrow yesterday. and Iwas so amazed at it.
     
  4. cryptly

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    How large is it?

    My sling burrows like crazy. The only time I see it is when it's removing cricket remains from its burrow. The only time my adult burrowed was just before she molted, even then it wasn't really burrowing, more like moving all substrate out of her hide.
     
  5. Carlos Erion

    Carlos Erion Arachnopeon

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    body lenght 2 inches

    leg wide 4 inches
     
  6. Carlos Erion

    Carlos Erion Arachnopeon

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    well she is all the way in

    and she covered her burrow entrance with a thin layer of silk.

    I don't know maybe it is because she's got the space to do so.
    you se her substrate is 5 inches deep.

    maybe that is why???????
     
  7. cryptly

    cryptly Arachnobaron

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    Little too big to be a sling. Sounds to me like you've got a typical rosie, they never follow the "rules" and do as you expect. :D
     
  8. Carlos Erion

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    well never the less she is fascinating
     
  9. CedrikG

    CedrikG Arachnoking Old Timer

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    no doubt in that, every T are fascinating
     
  10. Carlos Erion

    Carlos Erion Arachnopeon

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    Got this from http://www.arachnoboards.com/ab/showthread.php?t=5292


    BURROWING (***NEW DATA***):
    For a long time enthusiasts were puzzled by roses' apparently
    unwillingness to burrow in a cage. It was thought that they might be
    vagabonds in nature, seldom if ever actually living in a formal burrow.
    However, recently Dr. G. B. Edwards (Curator: Arachnida & Myriapoda
    Florida State Collection of Arthropods, FDACS, Division of Plant Industry)
    on a trip to Santiago Chile, examined Chilean rose tarantulas in large
    numbers living in burrows some 45 centimetres (18 inches) deep. Now we
    know: Their apparent reluctance to dig a burrow in captivity is apparently
    an artifact of being captive, not a "natural" life style.

    The general experience in the hobby is that they neither require a burrow
    nor use one. When given the chance we've seen them use a coconut shell as
    a place to hide, but all of ours have firmly rejected burrows when they
    have been offered. This is supported by the experience of many other
    keepers. Installing a coconut shell or a plastic aquarium plant that
    drapes over to produce a darkened cave-like space might be appreciated,
    however. It may decide that's a good place to hide. Otherwise, don't worry
    about it.

    may be that's it
     
  11. Spider-man 2

    Spider-man 2 Arachnoprince Old Timer

    Terrestrial simply means living on land (not aquatic, airborne, arboreal). Burrowing is just a specific type / subcategory of terrestrial. All terrestrials can burrow if given ample substrate and the "push" in the burrowing direction. Your G. rosea sounds completely "normal".
     
  12. Carlos Erion

    Carlos Erion Arachnopeon

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    thabk you very much Spider man 2

    I'm not worried at all
    I'm just anxious in learning more about Ts and their behaviour.
     
  13. Spider-man 2

    Spider-man 2 Arachnoprince Old Timer

    You're Welcome and glad to have ya aboard AB.
     
  14. CedrikG

    CedrikG Arachnoking Old Timer

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    you are at the good place, welcome aboard mate
     
  15. juggalo69

    juggalo69 Arachnobaron Old Timer

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    Mine has been pushing all the substrate out of its hide, like clear down to the bottom of the tank where the heater is. Yes I know most T.s don't need a heater but my room temp is pretty cold so I use one. With it being on the bottom of the tank I've thought about adding more substrate under the hide. There is about 6" of substrate total maybe 4" of that is below the enterance to its hide. It's not been trying to seal the entrance but I'm not sure it could I just use a flat rock leaned up against the side of the tank