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Dyskinetic/hyperkinetik symptoms in Harpactira caffreriana slings

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by boina, Feb 24, 2018.

  1. boina

    boina Lady of the mites Arachnosupporter

    I think if 5 slings die nearly immediately after arrival some kind of toxins seem a distinct possibility - and I think the setup is probably not to blame because a bad setup usually takes longer to kill even a sling - unless you put them all on a heating pad that got too hot or do something stupid like that. Was it a wood cabinet? Wood may be treated against termites for example and that wouldn't be good for any tarantulas either.

    But there are other possibilities: the slings may have been sick to begin with, they may have been exposed to too much heat during transport, etc., etc.

    Don't! Sterilizing things is practically always a bad idea, except in an operating room. Sterilizing means you kill everything, but bad, pathogenic bacteria are usually kept in check by the usual bacterial flora you find all around you. Sterilizing provides a clean slate - and the first bacterium to arrive will take over. If that's a pathogen you will be in trouble.

    Microbiologists have been fighting a losing battle against the sterilization mania for decades - it creates a lot more problems than it solves.
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  2. Nightstalker47

    Nightstalker47 Arachnoking Active Member

    Nothing wrong with keeping your tongs clean, wouldn't use rubbing alcohol though...just rinse and scrub thoroughly under warm water.
  3. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

    You saved my life! :)

    I was in doubt if purchasing or not an autoclave to add a bit of science in my invert/arachnid room, but thankfully I've read this :kiss:
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