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    What Boger said. Keeping snakes has gotten me long accustomed to pets that you rarely see do much of, well anything really. As I've alluded to in another thread though, that suites me just fine. I too don't like interacting with others most of the time unless food is involved.

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    Re: Entering new territory. My first tarantula.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snagrio View Post
    What Boger said. Keeping snakes has gotten me long accustomed to pets that you rarely see do much of, well anything really. As I've alluded to in another thread though, that suites me just fine. I too don't like interacting with others most of the time unless food is involved.
    I see it as our pets setting a good example for us- it feels really good to hang out with animals- whether dogs or snakes or anything else you like- & just "be" in the moment, whether to relax or play, or share meals together- whatever. Our world is plenty complex & stressful- so taking the time to slow down & enjoy friends (human OR animal) is really beneficial & needed.
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    Re: Entering new territory. My first tarantula.

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of owning a tarantula, where "my pet moved a few inches / is in a different position today!" becomes the most exciting thing to happen all week
    lmao v true but still! a lot better than some fossorial species! iíve gone full *years* without even *seeing* my S. crassipes and only knew they were alive because prey/water would disappear or they would occasionally chuck an old molt out of their tunnel systems
    het for nothing but groovy

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    She got a free meal today. Got 3 crickets at the store and the girl at the checkout asked if that was all I was getting, and after I said yes she just gave me the bag back to go ahead and leave.

    She's ravenous too. Grabbed all 3 one by one in short order. From my own observations and speaking with other T keepers she's underweight so I'm not surprised she's been quick on the uptake. With how long she was at that store they probably stopped feeding her at all...

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    She's sounding like a "happy camper" to me. You're probably right that she wasn't fed much there (at the store).
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    Literally overnight, she finally dug a proper burrow. First noticed the moss above ground having been flung everywhere.



    Carefully looked behind the heat pad in the back and she burrowed straight to the bottom and halfway across the tank. She's just beyond view to the very right in the second pic.



    I guess this is her ultimate sign of approval that I did it all correctly.

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    I just checked at random and she was at the entrance holding a load of dirt from clearing out her lair more. Why does she look so adorable?!

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    She's been very busy the past week. The tunnel is so long now that it wraps the perimeter of the tank all the way to the left front, opposite from where the log starting point is. I knew terrestrial Ts burrowed but, wow.


    Whenever she's not digging I often see her poised at the entrance. So many legs I can't even see her face.


    Want to add more dirt since the substrate has settled to the point where half the tank is empty space but I'm worried I might collapse her tunnels in the process. I've heard that Ts reinforce their burrows with webbing to prevent this though so maybe if I'm careful it shouldn't be an issue?

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    Those are some awesome tunnels! Not sure about adding dirt- I'd only do it gradually, just in case? And she has very nice legs anyway...(cool markings)
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    Re: Entering new territory. My first tarantula.

    I've only had one tunnel collapse and that was in 100% coco coir and he didn't seem to be reinforcing with webbing as he went. Seemannis are known for their love of digging, now that she's off to the races she might do a full lap!

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