Sewer pipe tube for a goliath's lair. 72K, JPG

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In the accompanying illustration the upper cylinder illustrates the tube before the slot is cut in it, the lower after.

The slot can most easily be cut with a table saw or radial arm saw fitted with a fine toothed blade. Use of some sort of jig or cradle is strongly advised to securely hold the tube while it is being cut. Always use safety glasses around power tools.

The slot can also be cut with hand tools. Use a fine toothed hacksaw blade in an appropriate handle. Use gloves to protect your hands.

In use, the rear end of the tube may be blocked or plugged with a piece of cardboard, a plastic jar lid or almost any other opaque item to darken the interior. If glue is used to fasten the plug or cover in place, be sure to allow plenty of time for it to cure before exposing the tarantula to it.

While the author used 3" black plastic pipe to make retreats for adult Theraphosa blondi, smaller pipe works much better for normal sized tarantulas.


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