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Grammostola pulchra sling- what do?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Snowy Snowman, Oct 22, 2018.

  1. Snowy Snowman

    Snowy Snowman Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Currently, I have a collection of 5 t's. An Acanthoscurria geniculata juvie, which is doing well, a Grammostola pulchra sling, which is doing unknown, a Chromatopelma cyaneopubescens sling, which is doing well, and two Brachypelma albopilosum slings which are doing okay.

    The Grammostola pulchra is around 1-1.1/4", and I house it in a deli container kept dry with a water dish as to avoid any possible humidity-related death. I provide cork bark as a hide, and use coco fiber. F8E74D6D-F49D-4948-853B-809A99CC9192.jpeg
    It hasn't been eating for the past two weeks, and has sealed off the hide from all sides. 87802D0C-1FEE-4442-A9B3-B60E2725EC3C.jpeg
    For my knowledge it probably hasn't came out. Could it be dehydrated and what could I do?
     
  2. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Do nothing...normal behavior. It will emerge when it needs to.
     
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  3. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Fuk Da Meme Police

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    That’s a huge container, she’s probably hiding from the immense space.

    A 2oz deli cup would be plenty for now.
     
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  4. Snowy Snowman

    Snowy Snowman Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Thanks!
     
  5. antinous

    antinous Pamphopharaoh Arachnosupporter

    As others have said, it's fine.

    I wouldn't say 2 oz deli cup, seems a bit too cramped for a 1 1/4" spider (as most 2 oz deli cups are around 1 3/4 " - 2 3/8"), 16 oz deli cups would be fine as well as this one.
     
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  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I agree...i wouldnt use this deep of a deli cup though....give them a lot of room to burrow and this disappearing act happens almost every time. Until juvies, i give my slings a minimum amount of sub depth...just enough to burrow, but not enough to burrow to any extreme.
     
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  7. RonC

    RonC Arachnopeon

    Might want to partly bury the water dish . Easier access for the T instead of climbing when it does come out. My G. pulchripes decided to close it's hide off too last night.
     
  8. Torech Ungol

    Torech Ungol Arachnosquire Active Member

    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't this species have moistened substrate as a sling?
     
  9. fleetwoodmcc

    fleetwoodmcc Arachnopeon

    No, this species stays away from damp areas like the plague...however, I think its beneficial to have at least part of it damp just so it can drink from substrate if need be, as well as offering just some more moist regions of the spider should prefer that (even though mine stays far away).
     
  10. Torech Ungol

    Torech Ungol Arachnosquire Active Member

    As adults, sure. The slings don't get the standard sling moistening?
     
  11. Snowy Snowman

    Snowy Snowman Arachnosquire Active Member

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    When my lil guy was smaller, I kept him in a condiment cup. I moistened a corner, and he stayed at the opposite position of that. I then moved the damp corner around a couple times because I forgot which corner I dampen. He would always stay away from the water.

    So now I just keep it dry with a water dish if he needs to drink
     
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  12. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Pretty much all NW slings (almost all slings really) should be kept on slightly damp substrate or with access to a damp area..
     
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  13. Goopyguy56

    Goopyguy56 Arachnobaron Active Member

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    Mine burried itself for 6 months before it came out. I wouldnt worry yet
     
  14. boina

    boina Lady of the mites Arachnosupporter

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    Yes, but this doesn't seem such a small sling anymore...
     
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  15. Torech Ungol

    Torech Ungol Arachnosquire Active Member

    Fair enough. He still looks pretty small to me (but I readily admit spatial relations are one of my weak points) but the OP says that the spider avoided the moist areas, so you're likely right that it no longer needs the moist sub. Never hurts to check, though! Thanks. :)
     
  16. RonC

    RonC Arachnopeon

    So at what size should an arid terrestrial species be on dry substrate?