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Posted by iwana on April 21, 2003 at 07:59:11:
In Reply to: Being Un-Stessed is Key! posted by Deano on April 20, 2003 at 13:29:41:
Thanks for the info. The tribs have actually been in captivity for a while, as the vendor put it, "anywhere between a few months to a year". He had about 8 wild-caught adults that he acquired at different times and had been breeding them for a while. (Evidently, he had already sold all his babies.) So I think it is mostly a matter of acclimating to the new terrarium, rather than acclimating to captivity, per se.
My husband and I realize that we are taking a gamble since we don't know how old they are, but we figured that we could at least maybe get one or two babies. We don't know if this is a standard for tribs, but we noted that the females seemed more active and alert than the males, which seemed more "laid back". At any rate, we picked the most alert-looking and active female and the biggest, fattest male we could find. :-)
The female made an appearance last night, but bolted for her hide spot as soon as she was discovered. LOL We gave them some mealworm beetles but they haven't touched them. Will try mealworms/pupae tonight.
For substrate, I used a mix of peat moss and vermiculite topped with sphagnum moss. Under that, I used a layer of gravel and activated charcoal. This is often used for plant terraria and I've seen it recommended for frog and newt terraria, so I think it will work out well for the tribs, too.
I have been visiting your site often, fine-tuning their environment and making sure everything's adequate before getting them. Keep up the good work! :-)
Hope to have pics soon of Loki and Sigyn. They are so cute! :-D
:Give the Tribs time and space, @ the least 5-6 months of just feeding and generally checking up on the pair.
:Hope you got the substrates sorted I have been away, and just got back yesterday, so i could not reply to your message soz!
:Back to the subject in hand, after 6 months of so the trib will hopefully be settled in and a bit less stressed.
:Being un-stressed is the key...
:But itís definitely worth the wait A just look @ that face :-)!