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My First Dirt Curtains! P. irminia

Discussion in 'Tarantula Enclosures' started by Tortoise Tom, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Tortoise Tom

    Tortoise Tom Well-Known Member

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    I've been keeping tarantulas for decades, but I really don't have a lot of experience. A lot of time passed, but I didn't learn much. I've raised and kept about a dozen over the years, but only recently have I really started studying, learning and acquiring new species. I got this one from @Casey K. a few weeks ago, and I've really been enjoying him/her. Its already molted once, and I love the way it runs around and actively hunts down the prey.

    I've read about arboreals and their dirt curtains, but I've never seen it before in person. I had a pink toe many years ago, but it never did this. Lucky for me, my spider seems a little confused about where the dirt curtains should be made and what they are for. He built them in such a way that he is in full view when he's inside his lair and "behind" his curtains. Lucky for me! This guy has not refused a meal to date, and he/she is my current favorite spider to feed. Always exciting and fun. Tonight was no exception.

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    Dave Jay Well-Known Member

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    With my terrestrial Ts I never know whether they've actually blocked their homes to moult in which case I shouldn't feed them or whether they've just installed dirt curtains and will come out if they feel prey vibrations.
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    Tortoise Tom Well-Known Member

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    Since most of my new tarantulas are little babies, and one or more of them are in pre-molt, molting, or post-molt, I face this dilemma daily now.
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