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First Tarantula Unboxing

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Antility, May 16, 2018.

  1. Antility

    Antility Arachnopeon Active Member

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    It is only a baby Tarantula, at 0.5" in size, but I was extremely nervous unboxing a Tarantula because I know sometimes they bolt on people (run away extremely fast) and I had seen The Dark Den unbox this same species and it did bolt on him so it made me very nervous.

    luckily for me he / she did not bolt on me. however, the paper towel that it came wrapped in, I had placed it in to the jar with the opening inside the jar, but when he / she came out of it she walked right up the side of the jar and down on to the tray i was doing this on. so I had to use a cup and a piece of paper to pick it up and get her back in the jar.



    he / she was just walking around the outside of the jar trying to climb it for about 7-8 minutes. a Tarantula / reptile discord community im in said this was normal behavior because it is looking for a place to hide because its stressed from rehousing. they said to just leave it be and it will make its own hole to hide in eventually. I watered one side of the enclosure and now he / she is just chilling on the dirt where i watered it


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  2. spookyvibes

    spookyvibes Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Congratulations on your new addition!:)
     
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  3. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Arachno HoneyBadger Arachnosupporter

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    Sweet! What is she?
     
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  4. Antility

    Antility Arachnopeon Active Member

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    thanks!

    a Nhandu Coloratovillosus!
     
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  5. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Congrats.

    i don't know the specific care requirements of that species (i haven't aquired any yet) but you should give it a water dish and consider some sort of hide and/or starter burrow.
     
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  6. Bizzarrini

    Bizzarrini Arachnopeon

    Cute spider. Just a tip since you were nervous, when rehousing small fast spiders, put the enclosures in a large plastic storage container to help contain escapees. Maybe overkill for a Nhandu, but still a good practice. I didn't do this until a psalmopoeus rehousing, lesson learned.
     
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  7. Antility

    Antility Arachnopeon Active Member

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    I rehoused it in a large clear cake baking dish lol
     
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  8. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoangel Active Member

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    The deeper the container the better, remember that Ts can climb glass.
     
  9. Antility

    Antility Arachnopeon Active Member

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    its not in the cake dish, i placed the jar I was rehousing it in to on the cake dish so it would be easy to catch if it bolted
     
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  10. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoangel Active Member

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    Yeah yeah I understand what you meant, but if you rehouse a faster species later on it might be better to get a deeper tub. The higher it has to run to escape the more time you have to react.
     
  11. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    What you had it in was appropriately sized.

    Biggest mistake new keepers make with small NW terrestrial slings is to house them in too big of an enclosure and/or an enclosure that's too well appointed.
     
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  12. BoyFromLA

    BoyFromLA ‎٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و Arachnosupporter

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    I know that feeling! I still vividly remember. It happened six months ago when I got my first ever tarantula.

    Congratulation, and welcome to the hobby!
     
  13. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    You're alive!!! :eek:
    :D
     
  14. BoyFromLA

    BoyFromLA ‎٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و Arachnosupporter

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    I am!!!
     
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  15. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Yeah, well... he was born and, at the time of writing, still alive :pompous:
     
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  16. Antility

    Antility Arachnopeon Active Member

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    I added a water bottle cap with water in it, and gemstones so it won't drown

    also dug a little hole for it
     
  17. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoangel Active Member

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    Tarantulas float in water. You can remove the gemstones, your spider wont sink and it wont drown.
     
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  18. Theneil

    Theneil Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Kinda hard to tell but if you look close at the feet you can see the water bending underneath my A. calcodes sling during the phase where it wanted to be an aquatic and arboreal species...

     
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  19. spookyvibes

    spookyvibes Arachnobaron Active Member

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    If I had the time I’d look up that video of an Avicularia sp swimming
     
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