- Apr 4, 2009
Just wondering how often you totally clean out the enclosure, rinse everything out, and replace the substrate.
I couldnt vote. Because I usually do an annual cleaning of ALL enclosures.
I find with proper spot cleaning MOST species dont need frequent total cleanings... It can stress them out to much if you clean to often.
But with species such as Avicularia(who spray poop everywhere!), and other Ts that flick lots of hair before a molt(IE- T. blondi, Brachypelma...and a few other new worlders.) I change them about every 6 months. Only because I break out from the U hairs so to minimize the chances of hairs wafting in the air I change the sub more often.
That being said...I dont include slings/ juvies because they get rehoused throughout the year.
Also with species that need high humidity, I try and change those more often due to possibility of mites, mold, and calcium build up from flooding the substrate.
LOL, good point! Although the wild ones may have more resistance to disease.Clean?
I have only changed the substrate in an enclosure once (when it had mushrooms growing out of it) otherwise I will only disturb the substrate when I'm rehousing and I have reused sub if it looks/smells ok
To my knowledge T's don't poop in their burrow and in the wild it rains where most species live. In the wild there is also a constant air exchange. You can't compare an enclosure to the habitat of a wild T.how often do they get cleaned in the wild? That's how often I clean mine
My T's rarely poop in their burrows. They usually go to a corner of the enclosure and poop, or poop in the water dish. My avics just spray it everywhere. I only keep new worlds, and I don't keep any deep burrowing species, so I'm not saying it never occurs. However, in the places I've collected T's, during the rainy season the ground is thoroughly flushed with heavy rains. I doubt that happens in an enclosure.So wait, the argument is that they poop in their burrows in captivity, but not in the wild?