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Is this safe to use?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Enclosures' started by Rs50matt, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. Rs50matt

    Rs50matt Active Member

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    image.jpg It's from a bag of cork bark that I've been using and the rest is fine. Just wanted to make sure this is safe before I use it in an enclosure It looks more like a fungus than mold
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    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I'd give it a good brush then pour boiling water over it and dry it in the oven and hopefully that should kill it off.
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    Nunua Well-Known Member

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    That is just lichen (I'd say Flavoparmelia sp.) and as far as I know, it shouldn't be toxic to tarantulas. But better to be safe than sorry, I guess. Lichens are living composite organisms, but extremely slow growing.
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    And beautiful organisms at that. Its a shame to get rid of them... but I would suggest the same that you did.
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    sdsnybny Well-Known Member

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    I have used cork bark with moss and lichen attached with no adverse results just wash it good with a soft brush.
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    Entity Well-Known Member 3 Year Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Cork bark has that stuff on it in the stores and when you buy it....I never worried about it.
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    They live on that stuff in the wild...unsterilized too.
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    Rs50matt Active Member

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    It makes sense. Just wanted to check
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