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Favorite slings you've kept

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by EulersK, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. EulersK

    EulersK Arachnumerical Staff Member

    Regarding specifically slings, what has been your favorite species so far? Why? Pretty simple discussion thread :D

    For me, I despise slings. Even now I struggle with them given my climate. But there have been three that I legitimately enjoyed, and I'd absolutely buy more given the chance. First is P. murinus, mostly because of the webbing and feeding response. This sling isn't afraid of much, and it doesn't stay a sling for long! G. pulchripes is another joy, simply because they're sweethearts. They act like full grown terrestrials, they don't seem to understand how tiny they are. Lastly is P. scrofa because of their feeding response alone. Hands down the hardest hitting tarantulas I've ever kept.
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  2. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Poecilotheria are easy to raise and grow fast. great slings. same with Theraphosa.
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  3. Paiige

    Paiige Arachnobaron

    My A. geniculata is my favorite sling so far. It seems almost unnervingly smart, has a super feeding response and got its adult coloration very early. I dislike slings that stay pink for a hundred years. Plus they grow quickly and seem to double in size with each molt, at least IME
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  4. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    #1 Psalmopeous cambridgei. Insane eaters, even at their first meal...exceptional growth...its amazing how much those legs expand after a molt. With these you barely get a chance to enjoy them as slings, as they're juvies in like 4 or 5 months.:woot:

    #2 Pamphobeteus sp. I have nigricolor, and that little terrestrial never ever hid, and literally always wanted to eat, catching most prey tossed to it like a dog. The best hit I ever had from a small t was from this pamph as a 2" sling, as it raced out of the enclosure, jumped onto my tongs, snatched a cricket I was lowering, turned around, dove back into the enclosure and ate the cricket...all before I could react.

    Again, fast growing with ridiculous growth pre molt...its like having a whole new t every time.

    #3 versicolor. Good eaters, pretty fast growth, good webbers and its a really neat t to watch it go through those color transitions.

    #4 G. pulchripes. Great eaters, even when small they only refuse food in pre-molt, they always grew way faster for me than expected for a Grammy, and again, I love watching colors come in. And yeah, like mentioned, super easy going and easy.

    #5 (yeah, pinning things down to one or two ain't happening)

    Nhandu species. Although they start out small, they grow insanely fast, with molts in the 24-28 day period until the t gets to like 1.5"....always hungry, active and fast growth. A. geniculata is about the same, although I did get consistent molting a little faster out of Nhandu, but only a little.
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  5. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Honorable mention to C.marshalli

    Another fantastic sling to raise....little hunters they are.
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  6. louise f

    louise f Arachnoangel

    1 Psalmopoeus cambridgei
    2 Ceratogyrus marshalli
    3 Ceratogyrus darlingi
    4 Poecilotheria vittata

    They grow fast and really great eaters. I hate slow growing T`s. It`ll kill you :yawn:
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  7. Belegnole

    Belegnole Tarantula Guy Old Timer

    Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens - great eater, webs, colors, and even more webbing
    Ceratogyrus marshalli - something about the behavior, and well waiting for that horn
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  8. nicodimus22

    nicodimus22 Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    So far, my favorite slings in order:

    1) L. klugi - always out, good eater, fast growth

    2) N. tripepii - often out, good eater until it's stuffed, medium growth

    3) G. pulchra and G. pulchripes - hide some of the time, out some of the time. Good eaters.

    4) B. boehemi and B. emelia - pet pebbles that sit out in the open. Average eaters. At least you can always see them if you want to.

    5) P. sazimai, B. albopilosum, Euathlus sp red - burrow a lot, rarely seen. Eat occasionally.
  9. Thistles

    Thistles Arachnobroad Arachnosupporter

    Psalmopoeus ecclesiasticus for sure! They're so fast and look like little arboreal Pamphos.
  10. DrowsyLids

    DrowsyLids Arachnosquire

    P. sp machala due to feeding response and the growth rate was decent for me and still is.

    Shout out to my P. Ornata sling that I haven't seen in almost two weeks lol hopefully when it comes out for its next meal I'll find out that it molted
  11. Anoplogaster

    Anoplogaster Arachnobaron Active Member

    A. versicolor for the webbing and the immediately bright coloration. There's no cryptic pink stage. They go right up to the top of the enclosure and create intricate web tunnel systems that go all the way around. And they also tackle prey their own size. Really fun spiders! Makes a neat little desk ornament in a small acrylic enclosure:)
  12. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

    Neoholothele genus
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  13. sdsnybny

    sdsnybny Arachnogeek Arachnosupporter

    D. diamantinensis.....Fast growing slings to adults in 12-18 months. heavy webers, out most of the time as juvies and adults, able to tackle prey there own size with gusto.
    And those colors :)
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  14. Spidermolt

    Spidermolt Arachnoknight

    Idiothele mira

    I've had my first one for about seven months now and I find this little guy so amusing. At first glance you wouldn't even realize that the whole top layer of substrate is one giant blanket but once you throw food in there it looks just like a scene from Tremors where you see him crawling around just beneath the surface looking for his little "trapdoor" entrance.
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  15. boina

    boina Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

    Pamphos! They are so pretty with their Christmas tree pattern, they are always visible, stuff themselves with everything they get - they actually seem really excited when you pick up and open the enclosure, like they have learned it's feeding time. And they grow fast.

    And honorary mention to Thrixopelma cyaneolum - because I had a sac and it's likely going to be the only sac I'll ever have. They are fun, though, although they grow slow and they never get that big anyway. They eat well and are tough little Ts that will even tackle prey their own size.
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  16. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    Pamphobeteus ultramarinus

    I have only just received some recently, but wow!

    They are colourful(different from most other Pamphos), bulky, strong, feisty, active, easy care, appetite and feeding response is awesome!
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  17. KezyGLA

    KezyGLA Arachnoking Active Member

    You had a sac from T. cyaneolum? I am guessing you acquired a WC female and she had mated prior? Was the sac fertile? Did you get slings?

    Sorry for all the questions but I have been looking for males or slings for years all across Europe and have spoken to many people about it. There is no CB slings or males to be seen anywhere, only WC sexed females for some reason.
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  18. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens, because it's unusually pretty for a sling. Bonus points for hardiness, webbing, and prey response.

    My Acanthoscurria geniculata sling has no idea how tiny it is and doesn't seem to be afraid of anything. It wrestles with great serpents (mealworms). It attacks water when I moisten the substrate. I can't wait to see what she is like when she is big.
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  19. HybridReplicate

    HybridReplicate Spectrostatic

    Love this, I'm glad I'm not the only person who goes to these places!

    On topic, "sling" IME hasn't been anything less than an inch & a half or so until recently. That said, Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens is fearless, totes adorbs, & fast growing.
  20. Magenta

    Magenta Arachnosquire

    I love my G. pulhcra(about 2in. now.) She's always been a great eater, strikes at anything that moves. I've seen her strike at the paint brush fluff and hang on, like "wait, I need to kill it more!". She's always out and moving substrate around. I like her so much, I picked up another G. pulchra. I'll probably end up with a few more.
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