Honestly, I was thinking about E. murinus when first considering this question because as far as I can recall I have not seen one in a tall narrow container but know that they are burrowers. Perhaps they like some spread out room around the top for them to construct their nice little trumpet mound versus other burrowers who just leave a hole at the top?I have two E. murinus that wouldn't burrow when they were in a cereal container (i.e. about 14" tall, 4" wide, and 6" long), but when I rehoused then in ten-gallons with only about 8" of substrate but much more floor space, they burrowed.
I've not tried this with H. lividum, but I have two females in larger containers similar in size to the ten-gallons that have burrowed...I wonder what they would do if I put them in the now-empty ceral containers? :?
I disagree with this. My E. murinus always appeared to be stressed out - certainly not comfortable. If they're comfortable...they will burrow.when the container is narrow enough they feel comfortable not to burrow, if you give them wider floor space they will naturaly feel exposed and be forced to do what their instincts are telling them and go down. you would have to experiment with yours to see which container would drive em to burrow, i would start with one that is atleast 3 times the tarantulas leg span and give it some time and see if it burrows.
I recently rescued an E. murinus from a LPS (this past Thursday, I believe) and it still will not burrow. Looks to be full grown (hopefully female) and there is 8 or so inches of substrate out of which I made a decent starter burrow, but it remains unused. I know the tarantula is moving around because of fresh substrate being placed in the water dish, and it eats heartily so I know it's not doing too badly. I definitely know what you mean by "uncomfortable" though because it's always in one of the corners of the enclosure with its legs over its eyes. I suppose it's just a waiting game with regards to using the burrow?My E. murinus always appeared to be stressed out - certainly not comfortable. If they're comfortable...they will burrow.
Yeah definitely see if you can get some pics, I was searching for them since I know you had a communal.You should see the H. gigas communal I have right now.
I'll see if I can get some pics, but it really doesn't do the tunneling any justice, at all.
I'd give them something with space to play.
I think it might also have to do with species preference as well. Like i said earlier, I've never really seen E. murinus in small floorspace containers, but other species like P. muticus I have seen in just tall narrow cylinders burrowing away.Mine burrowed when i offered a bigger floor space, dont get me wrong one tarantula is different from another. And while the case of mine may not neccessarily apply to yours, i always thought that mine did not wish to burrow in the narrow container since it felt snug so to speak. Here is how i figure why, when i first got it i got it i as well put it into a cereal container from thecontainerstore.com
how ever I should have said that it happened in my expirience and not generalized it i do appologize for that.