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  1. kayshuhveehill

    A. Hentzi and live plants

    I estimate that mine is about 4" DLS and very light colored. Typically, the MM that we catch are quite large, very spindly, and have dark black legs. This one is quite a bit lighter than that, and also has a stockier build. I agree with you that they are very underrated! I will also try to get a...
  2. kayshuhveehill

    A. Hentzi and live plants

    I don't think our substrate is super expensive here. I bought the compressed brick kind and reconstituted it, and it should be plenty enough to fill her enclosure and give me some extra for when I need to replace the substrate in the other Ts enclosures I have. This one in particular is a clear...
  3. kayshuhveehill

    A. Hentzi and live plants

    In addition to the live plants, I was going to offer her 3"-4" inches of substrate so that she could burrow if she wanted to. If she ends up digging up the plants, I will follow her cues and just remove the plants. Thanks for your insight! What sex is your a. hentzi? We typically capture MM each...
  4. kayshuhveehill

    A. Hentzi and live plants

    Thanks! ☺️
  5. kayshuhveehill

    A. Hentzi and live plants

    I'm hoping to mimic her natural environment as much as possible, and we have lots of cactus out here! She has so little substrate in there right now, that she hasn't had an opportunity to rearrange the topography yet haha but I fully expect for her to do some bulldozing and rearranging as soon...
  6. kayshuhveehill

    A. Hentzi and live plants

    I'm guessing she is about 4", but haven't had a chance to measure her officially yet. The 10 gal I have her in is half height, about 8" tall in total. I was going to put 3"-4" of substrate to give her a chance to burrow should she choose to. I was also planning on using a very low-maintenance...
  7. kayshuhveehill

    A. Hentzi and live plants

    I just acquired an a. hentzi last night from my parents' property in southern Colorado. Our local climate is very dry and arid (we've had 100°F + temps for the past week) and prairie/desert like. I'm curious if I could put a few live plants in the enclosure with it, to more closely mimic our...
  8. kayshuhveehill

    Burrowing t. vagans

    That's good to know. She's just still so small (in my opinion) and I'd hate for her to get injured by a collapse. She's constantly modifying her space, which is really interesting to observe...but also anxiety-inducing for me! I will try to move her to allow her more burrowing room, and to also...
  9. kayshuhveehill

    Burrowing t. vagans

    That's so smart and very easy!
  10. kayshuhveehill

    Burrowing t. vagans

    I've also tried overfilling the water dish, but that doesn't seem to provide enough moisture. I think I'm probably just letting it get too dry in the first place, and then I'm having a tough time rehydrating the substrate without saturating it. Thanks for your tips, I will try transferring her...
  11. kayshuhveehill

    Burrowing t. vagans

    I've done this in the past, but now that she has tunneled along most of the bottom perimeter, don't want to flood her tunnels. I will see if I can accomplish hydration without flooding!
  12. kayshuhveehill

    Burrowing t. vagans

    How do you keep yours moist, especially down at the bottom level?
  13. kayshuhveehill

    Burrowing t. vagans

    I have a t. vagans that has dug a pretty extensive tunnel for herself, but I'm curious if anyone has ever had a burrowing spider that has caused their substrate to collapse on them inadvertently? I live in Colorado, USA (a very low-humidity state, and we have forced air running in our home and a...
  14. kayshuhveehill

    A. Avic not eating

    To each their own, right? Isn't it funny how they all have their own preferences and dislikes? I will maybe leave the cricket in just a touch longer next time to see if maybe he needs a little longer to hunt it down. The way I have their enclosure set up doesn't allow for a plethora of hiding...
  15. kayshuhveehill

    A. Avic not eating

    This is good to know! I've suspected that he is (actually all 3 of my Ts are) much more active at night, so I was hoping he was getting enough water while I wasn't looking. But I will remember to give him the extra support after his molt! Thank you!
  16. kayshuhveehill

    A. Avic not eating

    Thank you! So I'm doing everything that I should be...I'm just worrying too much!
  17. kayshuhveehill

    A. Avic not eating

    I have slowly been noticing that! I purchased a t. vagans in November (my first one!) and have been growing more and more accustomed to her "personality" as I am able to observe more of her growing cycles, etc. It's been such a fun learning experience taking care of Ts - very humbling, yet exciting!
  18. kayshuhveehill

    A. Avic not eating

    ***CORRECTION*** He was most definitely dehydrated!! I placed more water droplets on his webbing tonight and he went straight for it! So now what's the best way to ensure he's getting enough water, as it seems he doesn't like going down to "ground level" to drink???
  19. kayshuhveehill

    A. Avic not eating

    That's great information, thank you so much! I've always been on the fence about tong feeding....mostly because I was unsure of how it affects their predatory response (which is honestly a huge reason I enjoy having Ts in the first place). The least amount I can mess with nature is the best!
  20. kayshuhveehill

    A. Avic not eating

    Glad I've already got some of the "lingo" down lol the other one I got (Koriabo) hasn't webbed up her enclosure at all, so it's been interesting watching how different they two of them are!
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