White knee digging

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White knee digging

Post by John Games » Fri, 29 Oct 1999 04:00:00



My White knee has just shed again fourth so far and really looking
good now. But it has started digging in one corner and lined it with
web. I have only given it an inch of vermiculite should I give it more
if so what depth should I give it.
 
 
 

White knee digging

Post by Bill Randal » Fri, 29 Oct 1999 04:00:00


I wouldn't worry a whole lot about adding substrate. Vermiculite is
very poor at holding a burrow, and your whiteknee (A. geniculata, I
presume) will do fine with what you've got. If you really want to make
it a happy spider, give it a piece of curved cork bark or half a
flower pot to hide under.

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> My White knee has just shed again fourth so far and really looking
> good now. But it has started digging in one corner and lined it with
> web. I have only given it an inch of vermiculite should I give it more
> if so what depth should I give it.

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White knee digging

Post by John Games » Sat, 30 Oct 1999 04:00:00


My White knee has just shed again fourth so far and really looking
good now. But it has started digging in one corner and lined it with
web. I have only given it an inch of vermiculite should I give it more
if so what depth should I give it.
 
 
 

White knee digging

Post by syinhe.. » Fri, 12 Nov 1999 04:00:00




Quote:
> My White knee has just shed again fourth so far and really looking
> good now. But it has started digging in one corner and lined it with
> web. I have only given it an inch of vermiculite should I give it more
> if so what depth should I give it.

I use a 50/50 mix of vermiculite and potting soil.  The problem with
straight vermiculite is it is to loose, and any digging will just
result in a depression in one corner of the container.

I set up my B. emilia(sp) in this 50/50 mix after adding enough water
until it just held its form after squeezing.  Press the mixture firmly
into the bottom of the cage. As it dries, it will become hard enough to
support a large burrow.  After preparing the cage for my spider in this
way, she dug a wonderful burrow, that started in one corner of the cage
and extended all along one wall and around the corner half way down the
next wall!  I could still see her fine, and I could tell when she was
hungry, because she would spend a lot of time right at the mouth of the
burrow.  After droping in a crikett, (she would usually wait for it to
come right to the mouth of the burrow, although she some times chased
them accross the cage) she would retreat to the far end of the borrow
and consume her dinner, then usually stay deep inside for 2 or 3 days
before venturing near the opening for another meal.  It has been a most
rewarding experiance!

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