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GBB Sling Not Eating

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by James J Levenson III, Dec 5, 2018.

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    I see these questons a lot on websites ...but I've done a lot of looking around the past few months and have yet to find anything referencing a situation quite like this. I got a GBB sling back in March. It molted one time and stopped eating. He last ate 168 days ago, and has not gained any size to his abdomen. Looks healthy otherwise, already 2 molts behind a GBB sling I picked up in September. Any ideas as to what I can do if anything?
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2018
  2. Anoplogaster

    Anoplogaster Arachnodemon Active Member

    Can you post a photo of the spider and enclosure?
  3. Of course. I'm about to hit the hay but i'll snag some. It's in a 50ml dram bottle, about an inch of substrate at the bottom. I'll get some pictures in just a bit.
  4. Here are two.

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  5. Enrgy

    Enrgy Arachnosquire

    gbb arboreal now lol? but in all seriousness your spider needs more floor space than height for climbing and it sounds like more premolt or just fasting
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  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Some individuals are just slow growers, there's a bunch in every sac...nothing to be worried about.

    I agree it could use more room.
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  7. Sounds good. I had it in a larger enclosure but when the feeding response stopped I was looking for anything to help it. Just one of the random things I tries was reducing the amount of space it had. Thought it might have helped but nothing changed.

    I'll wait him out and move him back to his original enclosure. Hopefully it's just a slow grower and not some horrible parasite lol.

    Thank you both for the help.

    Lol fair enough, yeah it was just something I was trying in hopes of getting a feeding response again. I'll move him back to his old enclosure and try to wait him out. It had just been so long, I started to get worried.
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  8. SteveIDDQD

    SteveIDDQD Arachnopeon

    GBB slings are kinda semi arboreal, right? Mine has barely touched the substrate since I first put it in the enclosure 2 month ago. It likes to hang out on a web it's built between a leaf and the side of the enclosure.
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  9. That's what I was to understand. Mine never comea down off the little stick and leaves in it's enclosure.
  10. Tenebrarius

    Tenebrarius Arachnoangel Active Member

    semi arboreal is a word of trickery, if you treat it like any other terrestrial with just extra head room it will be fine. anyways I don't think that T wants to eat it is very fat, obese T. its likely fasting, and molt rate is pretty variable.
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  11. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    Semi-arboreal is an iffy description tbh. They're terrestrial as far as I'm concerned, despite their proclivity for webbing all over the shop they stay relatively close to the ground and require a good amount of floor space.
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  12. MintyWood826

    MintyWood826 Arachnobaron

    If it's CB then you're safe from T parasites.
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  13. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    My GBB sling has not touched the floor in either of its enclosures... it has webbed on top of its decorations and stays up there.

    OP, your sling is just FULL. Lol
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