- Mar 12, 2016
That is not an appropriate setup for this animal at all.i had been watching youtube videos and reading articles until i found this website. i've found google searches to be very unhelpful.
i have been curious about my setup as i haven't changed that much since i bought him. every site i got to says to set it up differently so i'm not sure what to change or if it's fine. i'm also a bit nervous to move stuff around because he has become very accustomed to it and has built his home already. thoughts? ideas? advice? View attachment 362368
1. Exo Terra front opening enclosures are not appropriate for any terrestrial species. The do not allow for enough substrate to be put in them and they are an extreme fall risk.
2. Aphonopelma seemanni is an obligate burrower (fossorial) who requires several inches deep substrate that is kept moist on the bottom layers.
Handling is the last thing you should be prioritizing at the moment when your animal is living in a deathtrap. You need to basically scrap the entire setup that you have this animal in and start from scratch. You need a deep enclosure that allows for several inches of substrate for this animal to burrow in. You need to make a starter burrow using that hide and place it at an angle in the substrate to help them out and encourage them to burrow underneath. You need a fairly large water dish and you need to pour water into the corners to make the bottom layers of substrate damp while keeping the surface dry and packed down.