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B smithi Beginner Questions

Discussion in 'Brachypelma' started by Alyssa Martin, Nov 16, 2018.

  1. Alyssa Martin

    Alyssa Martin New Member

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    So I've decided after much research and help from this forum that I think a B smithi would be the perfect starter tarantula for me.

    This is the adult enclosure and care plan.

    So basically here's what the basic setup would be.


    Exo Terra 12" 12" 12" (with modified lid)

    Eco Earth (coconut substrate) this will be made as high as possible to prevent falling, and allowing proper burrowing behavior if desired. Should I mix this with something else for proper burrowing material?

    Cork slab or half cork would be used as a hide.

    Small water dish

    Tarantula rock burrow https://jamiestarantulas.com/rock-tarantula-burrow/

    As well as a few silk plants.

    I've also heard that a heat mat (with thermostat) may or may not be good to use. Any thoughts? My home is 68 F during the winter and 78 F - 80 F during the summer.

    Any thoughts?
    Thanks!
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  2. Avic

    Avic New Member

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    I don't think you need a heat mat as B, smithis natural temperatures in the wild can go as low as the 50s F, I whould suggest buying a juvenile tho as slings are very slow growers and can take up to 5 years to mature.
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    Tortoise Tom Well-Known Member

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    All of that sounds great. No need for a heat mat. No need to mix anything else into the substrate.