B smithi sling - Collapsed Burrow

Desert Rose

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My B smithi is about 2.5 inches right now. He just got buried by 6 inched of dirt, aquarium gravel, and terrarium moss collapsed on him.

I left the house at 5 in the morning, and checked on him 5 in the afternoon. I noticed his burrow was gone and so was the T.

I buried him up, since he was against the plastic bottum of the KK under ALL 6inches of dirt. After digging him out, he was wriggling around a bit, but is now proceeding to be a pet rock again. There doesn't appear to be any huge damage, he walked quite a bit after I dug him up.

So he could have been under there for 12 hours, unable to make any progress by himself. Obviously he is alive, but how can I check to see if he's OK? What should I look for other than bleeding?

I took out most of the substrate which left a good fall from ceiling to floor, so I put a handful of soft spaghnum moss for him to land on and to burrow in.
 

Brian S

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What are/were you doing with aquarium gravel in there?
 

Desert Rose

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It was on the bottum, under the soil for drainage, in case I put a little plant in their or something, and had to water it. But he mixed it all up burrowing.

I won't try it again, but you almost have to have somekind of drainage for live plants to truely last without getting pretty little cases of root rot.

Anyways, I hardly think thats of any importance since I changed the substrate and still dont know if he's going to live, thank you very much.

Can anybody tell me how to check if he's going to be Ok?
 

Brian S

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Ok, I'll buy that, as long as you dont charge too much for it ;) LOL
 

JColt

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He should be fine. For 2.5 inch I wouldnt use anymore than 4 in of dirt and get him a little cave to use. Half a tiny flower pot or a plastic rock to tunnel under. It's a desert species so ditch moss also. Good luck! ;)
 

Ronniegal

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Im not teaching to suck eggs ok mate but the safest substrate is Vermiculite.Its defo Not good to use gravel in any case.

Best Wishes, Ronnie :eek:)
 

Talkenlate04

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Im not teaching to suck eggs ok mate but the safest substrate is Vermiculite.Its defo Not good to use gravel in any case.

Best Wishes, Ronnie :eek:)
I'd say peatmoss is what I like best. Vermic sticks to everything, is loose and I just don't like it but that is me. When I breed my smithis they are stricktly on peat kept dry and with a water dish. Peat holds burrows better to.
 

Brian S

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Im not teaching to suck eggs ok mate but the safest substrate is Vermiculite.Its defo Not good to use gravel in any case.

Best Wishes, Ronnie :eek:)
vermiculite sux rotten eggs imho. peat all the way with me ;)
 
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