- Aug 16, 2002
OK, has anyone else had these vile things turn up in their T enclosures? They are just about clear, up to 3/8" long, tiny round worm-like things with no discernable head or tail and whose populations seem to explode practically overnight. Last time I got them was about 5 years ago in an A. avic enclosure that I had planted live pothos in and it was rather moist. Haven't seen them since - until last night when I was checking the larger of my four H. gigas - two 2.5" specimens. They had a peat / vermiculite mix and a piece of cork bark - all quite moist as the species needs it (especially when smaller) - but no darn live plants to bring any nematodes with them. The soil was crawling with the little monsters! I had to dig up the T's (they both had very elaborate tunnel systems and were surprizingly docile about being dug up), sterilize the petpals and give them all new substrate - pure peat this time in hopes the acidic nature will deter the nemetodes in the future and no cork bark, just in case the nematods may have come from it. Just wondering how dangerous these nematodes can be, what they were eating (I keep the prey remains cleaned up), where they come from, etc. Both T's seem to be in good health - one already dug a new burrow but the other is in pre-molt, hasn't dug and is rather unhappy looking. I plan to give it a "start" on it's burrow tonight, just so it feels it has a hidey hole - it doesn't seem to like the half of a yogurt cup I gave it to hide under.