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It is best to keep the soil slightly damp, about like what you'd get if you turned over a spadefull ... slimy mess when you try to get it damp, either you're using too much water, or you've got bad dirt.

I keep it moist so it's much like outside. The surface dries quickly, but a few centimeters down, it's moist. In the burrow, the surface is quite moist all the time. But it seems to not help anyway. So I'm quite lost, and have been for a long time, I have no clue about what's wrong, don't even know if it's food or cage related.

Ulrik Smed
Denmark, Aarhus
I agree with Ulrik that some types of soil seem to be dessicating. Recently out planting trees on the Talltree ... a few minutes that they were painful. I had several cracks in my hands from the dryness later than night.

Thanks for that confirmation. I have a little experiment going now, I replaced the soil in his burrow with a very moist towel. He sleeps on it all night, and is there prety much during the day too. But perhaps I should consider to replace all the dirt. Sigh, it's a 4 by 8 cage with about 16-20 cm of dirt on the entire floor! Heavy duty! :-/ And I have to carry it all upstairs from the basement, in a bucket!

Ulrik Smed
Denmark, Aarhus
You may have to experiment around a bit to find ... can be a considerable bother. It is worth it, though).

I have a theory about my savs dry skin. Could it be that some kinds of dirt has a very ... It's like it sucks moisture out of the skin and evaporates it. Perhaps my dirt is too rich in clay?

Or perhaps limestone.

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I agree with Ulrik that some types of soil seem to be dessicating.snip fr0glet

The soil type in Egypt is how mummies were made. Extremely desiccating. If the soil used does this, try cutting it with peat moss.

Chad
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I have a theory about my savs dry skin. Could ... evaporates it. Perhaps my dirt is too rich in clay?

That may be. Yesterday I did some gardening, pulled out weeds, sowed, ecc. My hands were full of dirt too. In the evening the skin of my palms and fingers started to itch and burn and showed deep cracks. I don't recall to have ever had a similar reaction to dirt. I also noted that in our garden there aren't any earthworms. It must have something to do with the ground, I only don't know what. And today I'll use gloves.
Anna
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That may be. Yesterday I did some gardening, pulled out ... fingers started to itch and burn and showed deep cracks.

Where do you live, Love Canal?
Interesting story, Roger! That's exactly how I lost that FIRST finger.
Wow, Moon, that's exactly how I lost that thumb!
Ulerk, sounds like salt in the dirt.
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