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Terrestrial on the side of the enclosure

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Kaden Bryant, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

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    I recently got a .5" Aphonopelma chalcodes sling and for much of its time with me it has been climbing on the side of the enclosure hanging out near the lid. The substrate isn't wet so any ideas why it's up there?
     
  2. user 666

    user 666 Arachnobaron

    that's perfectly normal.

    I have two A chalcodes in that size range. Only one is an intensive burrower, but both usually hang out on the side of their enclosures near the top.

    So your T is doing exactly what I would expect.
     
  3. user 666

    user 666 Arachnobaron

    And given the size of your T, IMO the substrate should be moist.
     
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  4. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

    Ok thanks for the reassurance!

    Yeah it's moist just not too wet. I have a water dish in there too
     
  5. cold blood

    cold blood ArachnoGod Active Member

    yeah, at that size part of the sub should indeed be kept damp.

    Hows it housed? Put it in a condinent cup like this...
     
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  6. Kaden Bryant

    Kaden Bryant Arachnopeon

    Yeah it's in a 5.5 oz condiment cup. It has the same diameter as a 4 oz but is taller so there's more space to burrow.
     
  7. cold blood

    cold blood ArachnoGod Active Member

    Ive found that slings encouraged to burrow hide a ton more, feed a lot less and as a result grow significantly slower.

    I have done long term experiments involving hundreds of terrestrial specimens and the results were always the same....burrowing slings grew at a glacial pace.
     
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  8. TRection

    TRection Arachnoknight Active Member

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    My A.Genic 3" does the same thing, and she her a favorite stop on top of the hide along the glass that she hangs out on AT ALL TIMES :)
     
  9. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Arachnoprince Active Member

    What about fossorial species?
     
  10. cold blood

    cold blood ArachnoGod Active Member

    it did not apply to either fossorials or arboreals, although i do still house small fossorial this way, i just move them out sooner.