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Is it really hard keeping slings??

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by keeper1, Mar 4, 2017.

  1. keeper1

    keeper1 Arachnopeon

    I have read many articles about sling care, but me seeing the humidity shite and hearing slings dying for no reason I get scared.. I dont want to lose my slings...so what is the most important thing I should do to make them live?
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  2. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    I was initially wary of getting slings, but now that I have them, I see it's not that hard. Just a little different from juveniles and adults.

    The main difference between sling care and adult care is that sling always need some moisture, because they haven't yet developed the waxy layer on their cuticle that prevents them from losing moisture through their cuticle. Once they develop this layer (1.5" or so, maybe earlier for some arid species like GBB), you can transition to the adult moisture requirements.

    To raise the humidity, just slightly dampen the substrate and limit ventilation. The easiest way to keep them is in condiment cups or small deli containers with holes poked for ventilation. (To prevent escape, make sure all holes are smaller than the tarantula's carapace.)

    I would offer a water dish if you can find one that fits in a smaller enclosure -- the sling is not going to drown. If not, when it's small enough to live in a condiment cup, dripping some water down the side is fine. If you're running the heater, be sure to stay on top of the moisture level in the container, as it may dry out more quickly than you expect.

    As for feeding, all of the usual safety precautions apply (for example, pre-crush a mealworm's head). Some slings will take live prey, and you can offer something that is the size of the spider's abdomen or smaller. If they are too timid to hunt, most will accept pre-killed prey. Just place all or part of a prey item in the container for the sling to find. Since the container will be slightly moist, you should remove any uneaten prey (or parts of prey) after a day to prevent mites and fungi from becoming established.
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  3. keeper1

    keeper1 Arachnopeon

    thanks will keep this in mind... hope our slings will survive till maximum lifespan
  4. Deb60

    Deb60 Arachnosquire

    I was also thinking
    I was also thinking of getting some slings , what would be the best to start of with , at the moment I have one which is a Grammostola which I believe is an easy one to keep ?
  5. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    I would mainly avoid arboreal slings (e.g., Avicularia and Caribena), as they tend to be more fragile.

    As a beginner, you can consider a sling for any beginner species, such as Grammostola and Brachypelma. @EulersK made a great video highlighting some of the common beginner species.

    Many beginner species are painfully slow growers, however, so you may want to skip to juveniles.
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  6. keeper1

    keeper1 Arachnopeon

    he made a nice intro there...
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  7. Rob1985

    Rob1985 This user has no status. Old Timer

    Slings can be difficult to care for.

    Making sure you have a good balance of moisture/humidity, temperature and ventilation is important. This is often a skill easier learned through caring for a larger T.
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  8. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    He has lots of useful info in his other episodes, the series is called AraneAid.

    If you want to raise a sling, i would go with a faster growing species, like C.cyaneopubescens ( or 'GBB') or a G.pulchripes.
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  9. nicodimus22

    nicodimus22 Arachnomancer Arachnosupporter

    I started into the hobby with 1/4 inch slings, so I don't think they're hard to take care of at all. Like any animal, you should do research before you get one so that you know what it needs from you. Ungoliant really covered all the care already.
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  10. Rob1985

    Rob1985 This user has no status. Old Timer

    The problem is a lot of people don't do their research or they do their research and still kill the sling. I would never not suggest a sling for a newbie, but I started in the hobby with an adult T and was sure glad I learned about them first before jumping into a sling.
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  11. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor

    i got into slings after about 3 years of owning a few tarantulas. they were all arid species so the experience didnt really teach me much. i got a sling as a freebie(1/4" B albo) along with a P muticus and A versicolor (RIP). very easy to keep. i dont really see anything wrong with a beginner getting slings, keep them a little moist and prekill small crickets and mealies for them and theyre grow up in no time.
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  12. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    I'm not sure, but iirc, @keeper1 already has a T?
    If yes, there is no reason to not get a sling, you just need to be careful picking a sling that is more bulletproof. Don't start with Avicularia (-Caribena) slings for example. The slings I mentioned in previous post are easy to keep and grow up.
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  13. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Wow...:eek: .something went really wrong with our posts @Venom1080
  14. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Wow...:eek: .something went really wrong with our posts @Venom1080
  15. Stella Maris

    Stella Maris Arachnoknight

    I have 4 tarantulas now and all of them are 1-2 inch slings. I would rather watch them grow up even if they do grow slowly. Slings are adorable who wouldn't want them?
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  16. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    Nothing wrong with that either. It is just that getting a sling means the new owner will experiencing 'tricky' moments like molting, premolt, burrowing, refusing food or eating like a horse much more often than with a juvie or adult spider. Which can be good and fun, but also stressful and worrying. Add to it the fact that slings are more fragile and it can be just added stress.
  17. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor

    what happened?
  18. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    :eek: !
    A glitch in the Matrix....i saw our text before....oh no!

    Nah, probably some bug in the forum software or something, or my connection went wild again. :D
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  19. smitje

    smitje Arachnosquire Active Member

    To me slings are not all that easy. Keeping several of the same species, one died on me the rest is fine. No clue why, same feeding schedule, everything, but still. I did have one drowning in a cokebottle cap (S. crassipes, looked like a crime scene, belly down legs spread). Especially the smallest slings, really fragile and they just need more care. You need to prekill their food and most of the time they leave half of it (which molts) and you have to clean after them. Not a problem ofcourse but they do need that little extra care and bring their own issues.

    Im not getting anything under few centimeters anymore.
  20. darkness975

    darkness975 dream reaper Arachnosupporter

    With the abundance of people who give their slings pre-killed prey I have to ask if anyone actually gives them live prey like they would get in nature?