Davus pentaloris Enclosure

Davus pentaloris Enclosure

Enclosure for my juvenile D. Pentalore.
Real plants, custom shaped cork bark, acrylic enclosure.
That is not a good idea at all. D. pentaloris need a dry environment. With all the plants and the moist substrate it is MUCH too moist in there. It may look nice but there is a very good chance your spider will not survive in there.
@boina I don't think that's correct.
Every caresheet and owner I've read/spoke. With keep the humidity at around 80 percent for the greater part of the year. My job also takes me to the area that they're from very often and I wouldn't consider that a dry area by any stretch of imagination. Also this pic was taken right after i had finished building it, you may have the misconception that I keep it soaking wet in there, which isn't true at all. The concern is appreciated though


@BreezyJay Do not listen to care sheets - ever. Every care sheet that cites humidity is wrong by definition. Tarantulas don't need humidity but moist or not so moist substrate. They don't get moisture from the air. That's the problem with care sheets - they are regurgitated nonsense. And I don't know what area you are visiting but you may want to look at those pics of D. pentaloris in it's natural habitat. Tarantulas don't always live where people claim they live... and the thing is: what we have in the hobby is D. pentaloris from dry forrests in Mexico and their habitat (Mexico, not Costa Rica) is A LOT dryer than all these care sheets - that give the wrong location anyway - are telling you. They can live in slightly moist conditions but they will not do well in an enclosure as moist as yours.
@boina I still think your massively overestimating just how wet it is in there. The substrate is kept mostly dry, and the ventilation on the sides and back keep humidity from building. Also right now it's still winter in New York and our furnace is always on which dries the area out. I get where you're coming from but you're assuming too much without looking at all the factors which is forgivable.
The area that I first saw them in the wild was in the volcanic rainforests outside Puerto quetzal, Guatemala. This spider has a wide distribution across Mexico and central America and it's known for its hardiness and adaptability in the region. The isthmus of tehuantepec is known for its airy and dusty hillsides dotted by swamps and rainfall coming from the sea of tehuantepec, which is the area near where the article you posted is about. During the spring a early winter months it's very humid and wet in that zone.
Dampness is a known spider killer and I've taken that into account with this spider. Thanks for the concern though, it's not unappreciated.
I just have to ask...:sorry: where did you get that nice enclosure from? :wideyed::)

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