tarantulas should not be handled. they get stressed when they are forced to walk over your hands, stressing out your pet on purpose for your own enjoyment is bad husbandry. handling tarantulas is a poor choice and handling a OW spider on purpose is just plain dumb.
have you read bite reports??
He said above that he would never do it again after reading some bite reports. I think this was just a simple case of not knowing any better.
Hi guys! I dont plan on handling the T's. Thanks for all the kind comments and advice! This would really help me.looks to me like he wont handle the M balfouri again, didnt say anything about his other two.
I was talking about the substrate.This is TERRIBLE advice. OP, please DO NOT microwave your tarantula. It stresses them out.
Lol. I was talking about the substrate. How many minutes should i put the substrate on the microwave? I'm using cocopeat btw.If OP thinks I meant to microwave his T, I don't think he should be allowed to keep Ts
Until it's dry? I think I did it in 2 minute increments until I burned myself on it and it looked dry. Sorry but that's all I've got for ya.How many minutes should i put the substrate on the microwave? I'm using cocopeat btw.
M.balfouri like the substrate dry but it's ok if it's damp when you put it in. The last rehouse I did for my communal the substrate was damp and they were digging in it with in the day. If there is good ventilation it'll dry pretty quick. Give them plenty of substrate as these guys like to burrow. My communal enclosure both have really nice tunnels and they are good webbers so webbing anchor points are a plus as well.I was talking about the substrate.
Lol. I was talking about the substrate. How many minutes should i put the substrate on the microwave? I'm using cocopeat btw.
My M.balfouri (in the 3 sling communal enclosure) were out today and a got a few shots.
Yes, a beginner owning an OW was a poor choice. Good luck there. The only good part is this species is not the most defensive at times. Though my 2" sac mages always like a good threat pose for me.Beginners luck probably
Baking the sub is better than microwaving. I use 350F for baking, spread on a pan in thin layers.Can i instead microwave the substrate to have it dry?
No on the sterilization....sterilized sub becomes ripe for a mold or pest takover...both of which could happen in a blink in the ops climate.
Well the thing is, microwaving doesn't completely sterilize. It does a significant amount of cleaning but is by no means is an accurate means of sterilization. In order for it to be completely sterilized all microorganisms need to be killed, bad and good - so I would not recommend substrate that has been cleaned in an autoclave, for example, because that means it has been completely wiped of all the little goodies that could be hiding out in there, thus making it perfect blank-slate breeding ground for fungi and critters.No on the sterilization....sterilized sub becomes ripe fpr a mold or pest takover...both if which could happen in a blink in the ops climate.