Red Trapdoor Spider-Idiops sp.

jwb121377

Arachnoangel
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I was thinking of buying a red trapdoor from Kelly Swift and wonder what the best setup would be? A deep substrate I assume. Any help is much appreciated.
 

Alex S.

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I suggest using a large glass jar filled with 9" to 10" of peat or peat/potting soil mix. You can try to encourage the spider to construct the burrow by slightly creating a hole, or by putting half a clay pot in the enclosure. You may also want to put a dark colored piece of plastic wrap around the jar so the spider doesnt web the transparent side of the burrow, although this doesnt always work.

Alex S.
 

jwb121377

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I'm going to give them a try. I'll use your tips and hope the spider acts as planed. Thanks for the help Alex.
 

Wade

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If you set it up in the jar the way Alex describes, you can also bury a smaller jar or other cylinderical object right in the center. This means the substrate is around the sides, forcing the spider to dig it's burrow near the glass.

Wade
 
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