burrowing question

ragnarok

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I recently changed my Haplopelma Lividum's cage. I am using coco-fiber about 7 inches deep,but my T has no interest in burrowing I also compressed the coco-fiber down is that bad or should I make it loose any suggestions? I also wanted to maybe make a entrance out of something for it to start that way but idk....
 

catfishrod69

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it should start burrowing once it gets used to being rehoused...give it some time...and packing it down should be better, cause it will help with cave-ins...
 

grayzone

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yea, packed substrate is a good idea... the t will do t

---------- Post added at 03:17 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:12 PM ----------

* spider will do what it does... my p. reg sling is burrowing rite now, and as a matter of fact my parahybana is diggin too.. shes actually webbing the front of her smaller hide and fillind it with moist dirt... shes rolling it liake carpet
 

Bosing

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I also have a 4 inch H.lividum who doesn't burrow but just stays in the open. What she does is to just web up her floor.

Well I guess there's an oddity in every specie.
 

Londoner

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In my experience this species can take anywhere from days to months before they finally decide to go underground. How deep was the starter-burrow you made? I've had success with this method if I scrape a hole at least 2-3 inches deep (it's usually a good idea to place a cup over your H. lividum while you do this for obvious reasons :D). Sometimes they ignore it completely and start digging somewhere else, but every one I've owned eventually got the idea. One of mine acted just like Bosing's and webbed a mat over a corner of substrate. She remained on it for nearly 3 months before finally digging down.

In the meantime, at least you can get to take some pictures of a nice looking blue spider instead of a boring hole in the substrate :D. Although, some of the dirt and web structures they construct at the mouths to their burrows also have their own beauty in my eyes.
 

Poxicator

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In their natural habitat they'll live in thick mud, not coir :)
You'll need a burrow of at least 6", probably a few ft to immitate how they burrow in the wild. But if you're T is living in a small enclosure its possible it considers it as its burrow.
As Londoner says, enjoy it whilst it lasts. :)
 

ragnarok

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In my experience this species can take anywhere from days to months before they finally decide to go underground. How deep was the starter-burrow you made? I've had success with this method if I scrape a hole at least 2-3 inches deep (it's usually a good idea to place a cup over your H. lividum while you do this for obvious reasons :D). Sometimes they ignore it completely and start digging somewhere else, but every one I've owned eventually got the idea. One of mine acted just like Bosing's and webbed a mat over a corner of substrate. She remained on it for nearly 3 months before finally digging down.

In the meantime, at least you can get to take some pictures of a nice looking blue spider instead of a boring hole in the substrate :D. Although, some of the dirt and web structures they construct at the mouths to their burrows also have their own beauty in my eyes.
thats a good idea about putting a cup over it so it will burrow
 

JRsmallz

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I think the "obvious reasons" for putting the cup over the t were to take precausions regarding a possible bite. Not to "force" the T to burrow.
 

Musicwolf

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I think the "obvious reasons" for putting the cup over the t were to take precausions regarding a possible bite. Not to "force" the T to burrow.
agreed - otherwise, the cup may become part of the burrow . . . then, good luck getting it back :rolleyes:
 
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