Rehousing a Burrowing Tarantula – Video

My Hysterocrates gigas gets a new home

Back in late August, I purchased two 1″ H. gigas slings  from Jamie’s Tarantulas . I placed these adorable little guys in tall Ziploc Twist “n Lock containers, and they quickly burrowed all the way to the bottom where they spent most of the next seven months. Every once in a while, I’d catch a glimpse of a leg, or a flash of movement as one of my pets bolted up a tunnel and snatch a prey item. However, for the most part, I rarely saw them out.

Just the other day, I opened the enclosure to find one of the H. gigas juveniles sitting boldly on top of the substrate. Not only was I surprised to see one out and about, but I was also shocked by the size of it. My little slings were now pushing 3″ in length. They were long overdue for a rehousing.

It was time to do some digging!

I currently keep several fossorial (burrowing) species of tarantulas, and many of these spiders are feisty old worlds. Therefore, I’ve had to get accustomed to digging out fast, sometimes aggressive Ts. I’ve had pretty good luck so far, as I’ve found that the majority of them will try to hide as long as possible before making a mad dash from their old enclosure.

Armed with my rehousing tools (spoon, paintbrush, catch cup, etc.), I set to getting these guys into their new homes. With my daughter, Sid, wielding the camera, we decided to catch one of the transfers on video. It’s a bit of a long one, and I’m afraid it’s not the most action-packed video I’ve posted, but I think that it illustrates well that, when digging out an aggressive T, patience and care are both a must.



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