- Apr 16, 2009
Welcome to the hobby, great choice of species and prepare to become addicted!!!
If he told you to avoid cotton because it will get in their lungs, he doesn't know all of his stuff. Ts lungs are not on the inside and they do not actively breathe. Their lungs(book lungs) are on their underside(ventral) and are actually folds of cuticle that allows their blood(hemolymph) to be pumped through it to oxygenate it. Cotton should pose no problems to the book lungs.Also he did all of the stuff he said right. No cotton it'll get in their lungs. It has the scientific name on the cage. Very knowledgeable man.
Mine has a very large hide in a huge, half-buried plastic flower pot. She's never had any inclination to burrow, but that's just mine. Try giving yours the opportunity to burrow and let her do what she wishes.I'll try her in the 40 gallon to see if anything happens. Also do they need to burrow and what happens if they can't.
Maybe next time you could do at least a little bit of research on how to care for an animal that you plan on purchasing.What substrate should I get.