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Avicularia purpurea Enclosure?

Discussion in 'Vivariums and Terrariums' started by emarie, May 14, 2019.

  1. emarie

    emarie Arachnopeon

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    I have been in the hobby for awhile, but have only ever had species that burrow. Decided I finally want to try an arboreal. I am planning to get Avicularia purpurea sling which will hopefully grow into a beautiful adult. I have never had a sling die and just want to make sure I have all the info before I get a new one.

    For the sling, should I include a water dish? All but one of my current Ts I got as slings and have not included a water dish until they were a little over an inch. I have seen a lot of cares sheets online suggesting having a water dish for avic. slings. Also I have seen contradictory information on misting and humidity requirements?

    When is it an adult/juvenile do the Exo Terra glass terrariums have enough ventilations for them? I have seen so many people talking about the cross ventilation, is this adequate? https://www.amazon.com/Exo-Terra-Gl...1557847087&s=gateway&sprefix=arboreal+&sr=8-1
     
  2. SpaceM

    SpaceM Arachnosquire Active Member

    I'd use the same set up for my A.avicularia. A lot of the contradictory information you've come across on humidity requirements is because people used to think Avics needed very high humidity which is now known to be one of the quickest ways to kill them. They do need some humidity but making sure you have plenty of ventilation (top and side) is the most important thing. I'd include a bottle cap water dish for a sling.
    I'd usually go with a cheap/home made enclosure for slings as they will quickly outgrow it. I've put a couple of examples of my own below. The first is an empty ferrero rocher box modified into an arboreal set up and the second is a food container. Both suitable for a 1-3cm sling.
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  3. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnoprince Active Member

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    Care is pretty simple

    Sling all the way through adult you want the substrate primarily dry, provide a water dish, and use a well ventilated enclosure.

    My recommendation if it is a small sling is to get an AMAC box and add some holes. it will help reduce the number of times the sling runs out of the enclosure and up your arm.
     
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  4. Dandrobates

    Dandrobates Arachnosquire Active Member

    Be advised they grow very slowly. I acquired mine as a 1 inch sling and it has been in the same modified Amac box for a over year. Set up a good sling enclosure as it’s going to be in there for a while.
     
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  5. Enrgy

    Enrgy Arachnosquire Active Member

    no tarantula requires such a thing.

    @OP bone dry sub and a water dish with fake plants or leaves for it to climb on
     
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  6. SonsofArachne

    SonsofArachne Arachnodemon Active Member

    I have 3 slings - started them in 32 oz delis. I water them once a week, making sure to get some on their web (the only place I've ever seen them drink from). Dry sub, of course. And they do like to bolt. They can be pretty chill though when feeding. I had one that was upside down on the deli lid. I took the lid off, turned it over, and put a roach on the lid. After it grabbed the roach I turned the lid back over and put back on the deli - the sling never moved (other than grabbing the the roach, of course).
     
  7. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    This is my typical Avic sling setup. Upright bark (something about 3/4 the height of the enclosure is fine), plant cover around the top of the bark, and a bottle cap water dish.

    Ventilation - A row of holes all the way around just above substrate level and the same about an inch from the top, a few holes at mid-height and about half a dozen in the lid.

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    I don't mist them ever.

    Care sheets encourage people to keep them in overly moist enclosures with restricted ventilation, ignore those, excessive moisture in conjunction with poor air circulation is how you kill Avicularinae.

    Keep the substrate mostly dry, you can spritz the odd bit of water on their webbing or the side of the enclosure once a week or so to provide extra drinking opportunities if you want but I've never found this necessary as all of mine will happily come down to use their water dishes.

    Yes, they're what I use for my larger Avics.
     
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