Hysterocrates Gigas - Rehousing

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4 years 2 weeks ago #71959 by Maggy Pearce
Hi guys,

I have a 10cm Hysterocrates Gigas female that molted a few weeks ago and needs a bigger enclosure.

Firstly, I got her a clear plastic storage container as an enclosure but am a bit worried if she will be able to "eat" through it?

And secondly, I've put in lots of peat and compacted it as much as possible. Also, I made two holes in the peat about 10cm appart to help her make new burrows / tunnels.

I'm rehousing her tomorrow. Any advise or points I've missed? I'm still very new to the hobby and will appreciate you're help on this matter.

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4 years 2 weeks ago #71960 by Deon
Hi Maggie,how big is the container? How deep is the peat? Can you post a picture? Don't worry, she won't eat through the plastic if she has enough substrate to keep her busy burrowing.

Nice spider for someone new to the hobby. Welcome and enjoy the addiction. B)

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4 years 2 weeks ago #71962 by Maggy Pearce
Thanx, Deon. I can always count on you to be there in my time of need.

The container is 30cm x 20cm x 22cm high and the peat is 14cm deep. The holes are about 4cm diameter.

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4 years 2 weeks ago #71964 by Deon
Hi Maggy, I see nothing wrong with that enclosure. The holes in the peat seems perfect. She should take to them immediately. I devised a plan to be able to see my H.gigas even when in her hole, but she was too clever for me. She made a burrow inside her burrow and even carried peat into her burrow from outside the hide!

Do add a nice big water bowl for her. Mine sometimes lies emerged in the water and it will keep humidity high. You can also punch small holes high on the sides, close to the lid on opposite sides for cross ventilation. ;)

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4 years 2 weeks ago #71966 by Maggy Pearce
I put her in her new enclosure yesterday and gave her two roaches. She immediately jumped into one of the holes and when the roaches entered she ate them. She stayed there for the remainder of the day and this morning when I checked on her, she started burrowing in one of the holes.

So I think she will be okay. I did get a nice big water bowl for her, but unfortunately forgot them at home. Will put it in on Wednesday (she has a smaller one in at the moment though). I did make holes at the top sides of the container for ventilation, but only one row. Do you think I should make more? There's a few holes in the lid as well.

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4 years 2 weeks ago #71968 by Deon
No need to make too many holes. Should be fine. If she fed, she's probably happy. Enjoy.

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