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Eight legged can-openers

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Anastasia, Aug 16, 2009.

  1. Anastasia

    Anastasia Arachnoprince Old Timer

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    I been having a problem with few of them,
    They just terrible!, no mater how secure I lock em up they brake out!, Totally destroying enclosures
    here is 4" metal vent, ripped off
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    and I been watching them and soon is I rehouse them in different enclosure they check out for vents and right On IT!
    Gahhhhh! What Am I gona do with them!???!
     
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  2. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    i should save this thread to point to when ppl ask if tarantulas can learn =P




    they do make heavier gauge screening, iirc

    another option would be to make very small vent holes and not screen them... that screen looks like it probably isn't going to stop very small flies, anyways... especially when it gets all bent out of shape


    i reckon you could still use that screen, actually... it just needs to be secured better by leaving a larger overlap around the edge of your vent holes... you could epoxy resin it (on the *outside* of the cage) in place... just be sure to let cages air out for a couple weeks before using them again
     
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  3. dukegarda

    dukegarda Arachnobaron

    I'm glad mine don't do that to their screens, geeze. Looks like you have a hand full there.

    I'd say spray them with a mister bottle and yell "Bad" but I doubt that would work. ;P
     
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  4. cacoseraph

    cacoseraph ArachnoGod Old Timer

    i know you are joking... but if you could catch them doing it every time i think that might actually work... provided the spider hates getting sprayed. i'm not saying it would be a good choice for reals, but *if* one could catch them in the act and give them a negative stimulus every time they did it i think you could train them out of it :)
     
  5. dukegarda

    dukegarda Arachnobaron

    Well, they hate being blown on. MY P. regalis stops in her tracks if I blow on her. Huddles up into a nice little ball of legs lol.
     
  6. mickey66

    mickey66 Arachnoknight

    just surfing and found this thread

    Man....this is hard to believe:eek: Ok,I'm a Noob,I was just surfing this site and found this thread....OMG I had no idea T's would,could do this.....reminds me of the first time I saw a Rattle Snake here in Az lift itself off the ground about 3/4 of its body lenght. You say they have memory? Yikes! Edit: I forgot to ask you....what size are these slings?
     
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  7. dukegarda

    dukegarda Arachnobaron

    There have been lots of cases where Ts 'chew' through steel mesh.
     
  8. mickey66

    mickey66 Arachnoknight

    ok

    Are we talking slings or just T's/adults doing this or all of the above.
     
  9. Anastasia

    Anastasia Arachnoprince Old Timer

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    I have to doubt about that
    That is vent in custom enclosure, tell you the true, I have a very difficult time to brake that vent my self, it crimped in aluminum rings base, I would brake my fingers rip that appart
    Small flyes isnt big of a deal, there is a smaller net over the vent is well get distroyed
    my room is pretty humid and ventilation is a big thing, no drilled holes will do better then screen, I sure have to come up with sum kind of solution
    My God all them expensive cages from tarantulacages got a pretty good beatting on the vents is well :rolleyes:
     
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  10. Anastasia

    Anastasia Arachnoprince Old Timer

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    Only few of my Adult terrestrials do that
    and the worst are all my xenesthis Spp
    especially one entermedia(that did that vent in the picture, she is 8"), and couple Grammostolas
     
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  11. kaydyn1512

    kaydyn1512 Arachnobaron

    I had a 1/2" A versicolor chew through screen (luckily the hole the screen was over was just a bit to small for her/him to get out. But I did have an A seemani 1" sling take a walk about for a day after ripping a hole through the screen on his/her enclosure. They aren't as stupid as some people make them out to be. And I'm from the school of thought that tarantulas can learn.
     
  12. If roaches can learn negative reinforcement, why not a tarantula?
     
  13. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

    Here is my experience..

    B. emilia is about 2" long, I found him again.. LUCKY

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  14. Nomadinexile

    Nomadinexile Arachnoking

    TKG revised recommends hot dipped galvanized mesh. You can buy it at hardware stores as "Hardware Cloth" or "chicken wire". My next guess involves chain mail. :)
     
  15. Electrifying it might do the trick, lol.
     
  16. Anastasia

    Anastasia Arachnoprince Old Timer

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    Wah! you sure know what trouble those can-openers are
    any thoughts how to spider- proof it?
    I have few of those cages and couple been just trashed
    vents ripped off
     
  17. Nerri1029

    Nerri1029 Chief Cook n Bottlewasher Old Timer

    I'm going to hot glue a plexi disc in place with MANY holes drilled.

    This critter was placed in an ALL plexi enclosure.
    Like Magneto, no more metal for him.
     
  18. traxfish

    traxfish Arachnosquire

    I gotta ask.. what species are these?

    I use cages with similar vents (from tarantulacages.com, which look very similar to yours), and I own a S. rubronitens, P. regalis, and a C. andersoni. I have found the S. rubronitens clinging to the vents before, hanging upside down, but I haven't found any signs of clawing or trying to break through. It would be a nightmare though if my andersoni or my regalis breaks out and roams my room freely.

    Can either of my species become such escape artists? Anyone else who uses tarantulacage's cages able to "testify" if they have had similar problems or not?
     
  19. revoltkid

    revoltkid Arachnopeon

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    i had an irminia sling pop the lid of a vial last week. lol, sneaky little guy. i found him a couple days later
     
  20. blazetown

    blazetown Arachnodemon

    After reading this awhile ago I decided to at least try the water spraying method generally used for cats on my Smithi. The T keeps shoving its legs and fangs out of an air hole. It seems like it's actually working too lol. I've noticed it's rarely been doing it now at least during the day.