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Is my Arizona blond ok?

turgle

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I recently got an Arizona blond but her substrate is a bit moist because it hadn’t dried completely when I was building her enclosure. Is she going to be ok?? She seems fine so far but I don’t know
 

m0lsx

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Arizona has a monsoon season that lasts a few months. Desert tarantulas much prefer a dry environment. But providing the substrate is only a little too moist, they come to no harm, as it dries out.

Do you have any spare substrate? If so dry a handful out in the sun, or even in the oven on a baking tray & just sprinkle it on the top of the moister substrate. If not take a small amount of substrate out of the enclosure & dry that. Dry substrate will absorb moisture & help to reduce the overall feeling for your T.

Edited to add. It always pays to keep the area around the water bowl a little moist, by letting the bowl overflow as you top it up. Then next time move the water bowl & do it again. Each time allowing the area moistened to completely dry out. This gives some humidity for your T & gives them a more natural environment. And keeping the water bowl moving around every week or two, stops the substrate from getting mouldy.
 

turgle

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Arizona has a monsoon season that lasts a few months. Desert tarantulas much prefer a dry environment. But providing the substrate is only a little too moist, they come to no harm, as it dries out.

Do you have any spare substrate? If so dry a handful out in the sun, or even in the oven on a baking tray & just sprinkle it on the top of the moister substrate. If not take a small amount of substrate out of the enclosure & dry that. Dry substrate will absorb moisture & help to reduce the overall feeling for your T.

Edited to add. It always pays to keep the area around the water bowl a little moist, by letting the bowl overflow as you top it up. Then next time move the water bowl & do it again. Each time allowing the area moistened to completely dry out. This gives some humidity for your T & gives them a more natural environment. And keeping the water bowl moving around every week or two, stops the substrate from getting mouldy.
Thank you so much!
 

DEXTER107

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And if she is not happy walking on it, do you have things she can chill on besides the walls (cork bark, rocks etc)? I give my Ts multiple options.
 

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