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Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Wolfspidurguy, Mar 9, 2018.

  1. Wolfspidurguy

    Wolfspidurguy Arachnobaron

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    hey so i was watching a T feeding video and they were feeding there GBB and they were talking about how care wasnt too hard for them so i did a little bit more research and most sources are saying there good beginner Ts (the only T i have currently is my first T which is a brachypelma albopilosum 0.5" sling) but before i go off and buy one i have a few questions

    1 is it a good 2nd T
    2 are they arboreal or terrestrial
    3 does it need a hide and if it does where do i put the hide like do i put it on the bottom of its enclosure or on the side of its enclosure or in the middle with its hide pointing up
    4 how much is the average price for a juvenile or sling
     
  2. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    Yes, GBB's are very easy to care for. They are a heavy-webbing terrestrial species that doesn't need a hide so much as it needs attachment points for webbing. I have given hides to mine in the past - and they just cover them up with webbing. They do better with some plastic or silk plants or bits of grapevine or other "branchy" wood that they can use to construct elaborate web tubes and hammocks. They like their substrate dry, which makes them a lot easier to care for than some of the more moisture-dependent species.

    My GBB's are skittish, fast, and heavy kickers. Definitely not the sort of tarantula you want to handle, if that is something you have in mind! (Not that handling is recommended for any tarantulas, but if that is something you choose to do, there are other species that are much more amenable.)

    Can't help you on pricing, though - except for the first (a Craigslist subadult that hooked out male shortly after I got him - and for which I'm sure I paid too much) I obtained the others as trades: mature male swapped for "unsexed" juvenile.
     
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  3. RonnyT

    RonnyT Arachnosquire Active Member

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    I got this as my third T. This is a good second tarantula, they are colorful and just require bone-dry substrate with a small water dish, or put a little bit of water in the substrate. Just keep in mind they can be skittish. You can keep this species semi-arboreal or terrestrial. They do not need a hide, just provide a lot of webbing points such as cork bark/ fake leaves and they will quickly fill it with webbing. I got my GBB sling for $40 CDN, somewhere around that would be a decent price.
     
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  4. Luke Alexander

    Luke Alexander Arachnopeon

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    I would recommend getting one as a sling, easy to care for and the color changes they will go through are amazing. They eat well and it is fun to watch them on the hunt.

    I got my sling for $50 USD.
     
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  5. BC1579

    BC1579 Arachnobaron

    I would suggest a sling. You’ll grow along with it, adapting to its speed and demeanor as it ages. They’re as close to bulletproof as you can get when it comes to slings, and undergo some really cool coloration changes with nearly every molt.

    Amazing eaters, GBBs typically don’t hesitate to take prey. When mine doesn’t eat, I know it’ll molt soon. They can handle prey items larger than themselves, though I injure the prey if the sling is really tiny.
     
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  6. Wolfspidurguy

    Wolfspidurguy Arachnobaron

    yes i know i rarely handle my inverts (especialy the skittish ones like the GBB) and when i do handle them its to prove to someone spiders are not "out to get you"
     
  7. Wolfspidurguy

    Wolfspidurguy Arachnobaron

    yeah i was thinking of getting a sling or an early juvenile i just cant seem to find one on the regular sites i buy from but im going to a reptile expo next month so i could definitely look there although im saving my money to see if anyone has a huntsman
     
  8. Wolfspidurguy

    Wolfspidurguy Arachnobaron

    hey does anybody know where i can buy one online without paying an insane amount for shipping i live in the US
     
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  9. Liquifin

    Liquifin Arachnoknight Active Member

    Sadly, I can't help you there. Shipping is always a pain for me. But they are one of the best T.'s to own. They are somewhat semi-arboreal, but they are worth buying and owning.
     
  10. Garth Vader

    Garth Vader Arachnohipster Arachnosupporter

    Check out the classifieds on this forum. You will have to pay for shipping- it is worth it so your T arrives alive and well. There are a lot of great sellers on here.
     
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  11. lvc

    lvc Arachnopeon

    Ordered a juvenile female myself, which gets shipped next monday. Attached some pictures how I set up her enclosure (waterdish will be webbed over most likely, but lets see what happens once she´s in there)
    Can´t really help you with where to get one unfortunetly (not from the us), but if you´re going to an expo next month I bet that you can find one there, considering they are one of the best selling species around afaik.
    Tom moran also has a husbandry video about the gbb, which is a great source for a quick overview about how they can be kept:

     

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  12. nicodimus22

    nicodimus22 Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    I don't have anything to add, other than THEY'RE SO CUTE! :woot:

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  13. Wolfspidurguy

    Wolfspidurguy Arachnobaron

    You mean the buy/sell/trade part of the boards. I mean I could but no one says how much shipping is
     
  14. Wolfspidurguy

    Wolfspidurguy Arachnobaron

    A lot of substraight for a spider that doesn't burrow
     
  15. Wolfspidurguy

    Wolfspidurguy Arachnobaron

    Wow! Thats a sling!?! Amazing coloration wow!!
     
  16. Garth Vader

    Garth Vader Arachnohipster Arachnosupporter

    Ah yes, that is what I mean. You can ask the people directly how much it is. It will probably depend on where you are and if you want a Life Arrival Guarantee and whatnot.

    Also- I have to add that I have two GBB slings and they are lovely and fun to keep. I highly recommend!
     
  17. lvc

    lvc Arachnopeon

    Mainly added that much because the specimen I´ll be getting will be about 3" and the height of the enclosure is 7,8" as well as making sure that the anchoringpoints are all firmly buried and stay in place nicely without having to use hotglue.
     
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  18. DraykoDog

    DraykoDog Arachnopeon

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    I just got a GBB sling today and it's my second T. It's so stinkin' cute! I got a small, clear container at the local dollar store to put it in and it almost immediately started exploring around. It acted like it was hunting, so I tossed a tiny cricket in and doggone if that little spider didn't leap clear across the enclosure to get it. :eek: An impressive 5" jump for a .75" spider, especially after a 30 min car ride and being put in a new enclosure. They are indeed very voracious eaters!
     
  19. Mvtt70

    Mvtt70 Arachnobaron Active Member

    They're supposedly pretty hardy so I'd say they're probably okay for a beginner. They're terrestrials with some arboreal-like tendencies I believe. It definitely needs a hide like any tarantula, just put it next to one wall facing the center. Cheapest I'm seeing them go lately is about $50 shipped.
     
  20. Wolfspidurguy

    Wolfspidurguy Arachnobaron

    WOW! IT ATE FIRST DAY!?!? i have a one day rule where i wait at least day before feeding new additions because they need time to adjust but WOW it just went in there and took it down!?! thats amazing and i want one now