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Pet holes....what’s the draw?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by LV-426, Jan 8, 2019.

  1. SteveIDDQD

    SteveIDDQD Arachnopeon

    I see my m.balfouri way more than my p.irminia, so the irminia is the closest to a pet hole I own... It was actually my LP before, but after last weeks moult it's doesn't seem interested in burrowing anymore.
  2. lostbrane

    lostbrane Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    I get a strange satisfaction out of seeing my fossorials/obligate burrowers creating/having a burrow. I just think it's really neat haha
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  3. Potatatas

    Potatatas Arachnoknight

    I don't own a fossorial species but my hati hati sling I've barely seen since getting it. I like the mystery of wondering what it's doing in there and how extensive it has burrowed.

    My new business venture. Selling jars of dirt that definitely has a tarantula in it, scouts honour.
  4. kevinlowl

    kevinlowl Arachnoknight

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  5. PidderPeets

    PidderPeets Arachnoangel Active Member

    It's the feet.

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  6. RezonantVoid

    RezonantVoid Arachnoknight Arachnosupporter

    1. Create a starter burrow along the side of the enclosure, and face that side towards a wall.
    2. Introduce the spider and watch it make it's home in the hole.
    3. After several days, turn the enclosure around to discover the spider has covered the glass in webbing and left the rest of the burrow untouched.

    But seriously, my whole collection is all fossorials. I paired one of my trapdoors 6 months back and still haven't seen it, but I know it's in there and that's enough for me. All my big tarantulas are reasonably active and come out at least twice in 24 hours so they make up for the 40 others that come out twice every 24 weeks
  7. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

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  8. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    ...and just when I start thinking I'll never get a pet hole again, they remind me why I love them! I saw not one but two of my M. balfouri tonight at feeding time - and they were both all the way out of their holes! I can't even remember the last time I saw more than a couple of feet at the entrance - and even that has been rare! One of them retreated into the web tunnels pretty quickly, but the other one stayed out in the open, munching on crickets for the almost the entire two hours I was up there feeding and watering everybody!
  9. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer



    I have to shine a torch in from the bottom of mine's enclosure and hope I can see enough silhouette to distinguish if the little fella is still alive :rolleyes:
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  10. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    Lucky! I've tried looking up from the bottom, but they haven't dug close enough to the glass for me to see anything - sneaky little devils! I know there were five of them when I started, but it's been over a year since I actually saw all five. I *hope* they're all still alive under there - but that spotting last night was the first confirmation I've had in nearly a year that there's more than one in there!

    What I really need to do is move them to a larger enclosure - I've just been putting it off because, while rehousing a single tarantula (particularly a highly-visible terrestrial) is fairly easy, trying to dig out and rehouse five of them (I hope!) at once is pretty intimidating! I'm most afraid of accidentally hurting one while I'm trying to coax/dig them out. Also just a bit worried about one bolting while I'm busy with a sibling, if they should all decide to come up at once. Still, it would be nice to finally confirm how many are in there. They've been terrible hoarders for most of their lives, keeping their molts in the bottom of their burrows, but recently they've been kicking out molt pieces - and based on what I'm seeing, there's at least a good chance that most of them are still all alive and well in there! (Most of the molt pieces are still tangled up in their webbing, so I can't pull them out to examine without destroying the tunnels - but it looks like I might have 4 or 5 carapaces that are pretty close to the same size - and not too much smaller than the two spiders that I saw last night - so that's promising.)
  11. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Whoa really?? Species name?
  12. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member

    Go back to page one.
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  13. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Agreed- Avics