- Jun 4, 2011
Every OBT I have ever kept has done better in a fossorial style setup. I would give it atleast 6 inches of substrate.
I have to advise you to do a ton of research. Having such a spider, with no knowledge is really scary. That cage is gigantic for a tiny spider, I understand the money aspect but that’s kind of what happens when you buy things on a whim without research. Don’t underestimate the demeanor of your “calm spider”, or a bite will be in your future. Good luck with him mate, but please do your research before you get a highly venomous animal again.Thanks guys for all the help, it's really appreciated. I will rebuild the enclosure again with dry substrate and many sticks+ a little hole for her to burrow if she wants.
Though your ideas of putting her in a smaller box because she is simply small is great, I can't really do that. You see, I payed 100+ Euros on that terrarium and I really don't want to put her/him in a smaller space when he can have that big house. When I got her in the pet shop she was in a 10cm box!!! She couldn't fit properly, and that prick of a shop owner, tear down her webs every day so that ' the customers could she her clearly' and some other gibberish like 'She has no VenOm!!!'
Anyways what I'm trying to say is thanks a lot for the ideas and yes that setup above looks pretty neat but I'll stick with this. Thanks for all the help though, I was really worried about her/him/it/idk .
This set up is completely unsuitable for a Pterinochilus murinus, coupled along with the unusable height and the climbing behavior, an injury or death is waiting to happen. I would rehhouse it into something where you can provide more depthh of substrate than height since thhey are fossorial and at most terrestrial not arboreal. Here is how I keep mine. And it will suffer on moist substrate.
Probably notGreat enclosure, look I have a very nice plastic box perfect for her. But I am really bummed cause I payed so much for her terrarium thinking it would make her feel comfortable but it doesn't seem like it. The terrarium is a 16x8x12, will it be suitable for her when she is an adult?
Thanks, I have already put sand and it is now dry also, I don't know why she doesn't eat, I throw meal worms on her web once 4-5 days to see if she will eat them but NEVER. So one day a left a meal worm there (because once I wait for about 30 mins, I take them out) and then next day I saw her nibbling on something and the meal worm wasn't there. So she probably ate.. But she is very weird when it comes to feeding, she is very calm and doesn't attack her prey, she just looks at me.1) there is zero need to ever tong feed unless we’re talking about a v aged specimen that can no longer hunt properly - it’s likely that rigmarole of tong feeding is putting them off
drop feed some crickets and reassess
2) as far as substrate and humidity goes, it should be relatively dry but not arid - in the wild, their endemic to areas where the relative humidity is around 40-60% - so while the soil shouldn’t be moist like with some tropical species, it should also not be bone dry either
i would let the substrate dry out and reassess
edit: try mixing the drier substrate with a bit of sand