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TOO BIG?

DEXTER107

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I just saw that if your T climbs the walls a lot, it could be a sign of stress and that the enclosure is too big. I’m not sure if it’s excessive but my Mex Red Knee is on the walls a lot. Do you think my 16X12X6 is too big? I can provide a picture. I do have a 12X8X6 I can rehouse. The T is about 3 1/2“. Thanks.
 

Casey K.

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I just saw that if your T climbs the walls a lot, it could be a sign of stress and that the enclosure is too big. I’m not sure if it’s excessive but my Mex Red Knee is on the walls a lot. Do you think my 16X12X6 is too big? I can provide a picture. I do have a 12X8X6 I can rehouse. The T is about 3 1/2“. Thanks.

That does seem a bit big. I would house your juvenile in the smaller one and let it molt a couple of times before housing it in the larger one. :)
 

liquidfluidity

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Spiders climb and explore, some do it more then others. You just need to give them less ceiling and more floor space for these over active spiders.
I agree to this. I have a 5" T. apophysis that is just all over the place in a 12x12x12.

I'd like to add that this is another good reason not to use mesh tops, to have the correct substrate to top depth, and nothing to fall on. I have seen all 5 of my Theraphosa on the top upside down, many times.
 

DEXTER107

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I agree to this. I have a 5" T. apophysis that is just all over the place in a 12x12x12.

I'd like to add that this is another good reason not to use mesh tops, to have the correct substrate to top depth, and nothing to fall on. I have seen all 5 of my Theraphosa on the top upside down, many times.
Thanks. I also do not care/use mesh for safety and other reasons. Luckily my T does not go on the ceiling. I was happy he finally entered his hide (after two weeks).
 

DEXTER107

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That does seem a bit big. I would house your juvenile in the smaller one and let it molt a couple of times before housing it in the larger one. :)
Thank you! I think for now, I’m going to wait a bit.
 

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DustyD

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I think that is one of the wonderful things about keeping tarantulas. Sometimes they will surprise you. And figuring out why they are doing something not so obvious is another gift.
 

octanejunkie

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I just saw that if your T climbs the walls a lot, it could be a sign of stress and that the enclosure is too big. I’m not sure if it’s excessive but my Mex Red Knee is on the walls a lot. Do you think my 16X12X6 is too big? I can provide a picture. I do have a 12X8X6 I can rehouse. The T is about 3 1/2“. Thanks.
Saw your pic, seems busy but fine
 

liquidfluidity

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I say Weather! I've had a few climbing lately that usually don't. High temps and humidity here. Different atmospheric pressures(?)
 

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