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Is my Caribena Versicolor sling moulting or is something wrong here?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by Garetyl, May 14, 2019.

  1. Garetyl

    Garetyl Arachnoknight Active Member

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    I went to feed my sling, and saw her basically performing yoga. When offered food, she simply batted at it until I removed it. She's basically holding onto her favorite fake plant with two legs. Her substrate is a little damp, and she was very thirsty the other day. I tried not to disturb her too much and saw no evidence of any sort of injury. Abdomen seems nice and plump, the entire pill bottle is full of holes, and she's not kept on or near anything that could cook her. I'm fairly certain she's just moulting, but she's my first arboreal and want to be sure she's okay. She does have plenty of spaces she could climb into and hide, but prefers her plant.

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  2. MES

    MES Arachnosquire

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    I personally don't think anything is wrong. She looks perfectly healthy in that picture, she may just be molting as you suspect. I have noticed that my slings like to do weird things and sit in random places lol :), but I don't have any arboreal slings. My best advice is just to not disturb her too much for a bit. Good luck!
     
  3. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    Looks like a moult to me. Any updates?
     
  4. Garetyl

    Garetyl Arachnoknight Active Member

    Nothing yet, I think. She moved sometime during the night, but I can't see any evidence of a moult, and I don't want to disturb her to check her fangs.

    Update: she's moved again and found another position. I think she's just being silly now.
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    And we're in an eating mood today...
     
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  5. Serafeimink

    Serafeimink Arachnopeon

    During my tarantula research I have heard of aboreal or however you spell it, tarantulas May also burrow too lol. I think they’re just confused.
     
  6. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Avicularia/Avic adjacent species are obligate arboreal - They do NOT burrow or spend any time just hanging out on the ground. Other "arboreal" species like Psalmos, Pokies, etc do burrow/make dirt curtains as slings/juvies.
     
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  7. Garetyl

    Garetyl Arachnoknight Active Member

    This. I'm kinda surprised that my C. versicolor hasn't webbed up anything yet, but she's always threat posturing. I think she's just too angry to web.
     
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  8. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    In my experience, Avics really don't web much. I'm not sure why anyone ever called them heavy webbers? Lol.
     
  9. Serafeimink

    Serafeimink Arachnopeon

    gotcha... Mine is all over the ground. I guess it all depends on YOUR spider. She does cling to the walls of her enclosure but most of the time she is on the ground..
     
  10. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Then you likely have a husbandry issue. Do a search on here about Avics/Avic adjacents spending time on the ground... You will not find anything saying that it is normal.
     
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  11. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    True, but IME versi tend to web very quickly in a properly set up home.

    IMO a vial is about as bad of a home for an avic type as there is, especially if the sub is damp....vials are death traps for them, especially in the hands of inexperienced keepers.

    Huge red flag. Generally a sign of too much moisture and possibly not enough ventilation....this is the first step in a slow death for avic types.
     
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  12. Serafeimink

    Serafeimink Arachnopeon

    yeah i poked more holes... we will see whats going on.
     
  13. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    I would re house, its already on a downward slide....A 16oz deli cup would be ideal.

    Its a bad idea to just wait out a versicolor that's spending time on the floor. Time is of the essence in my opinion.

    You can post pictures of the enclosure if you like, this may help and you may not need wholesale changes just minor ones. But I do think you have cause to be concerned.
     
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  14. Serafeimink

    Serafeimink Arachnopeon

    what about a small layer of potting soil that comes in those potted plants that you get at walmart and such... would that work as well?

    I have an Avic avic that hangs out on the floor... and on the wall... righht now she is half on the fl;oor half on the wall
     
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  15. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Well half on the wall and a half on the ground is different than hanging out on the ground. What you just described is hunting posture.

    I'm honestly not sure what this statement is in reference to.
     
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  16. Serafeimink

    Serafeimink Arachnopeon

    okay, you seen the enclosure i have for her yesterday. I did some of the stuff you told me to do. I fed her 3 mealworms last night and she ate without problem. Do you think she could still be hungry if she is still on the wall like that?
     
  17. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Tarantulas are opportunistic feeders, that means they will feed constantly whenever the opportunity presents themselves. It's not a mammal it doesn't need to be fed just because it's in hunting posture. 3 mealworms is a monster meal for that thing and more than I would feed in one sitting. Nothing wrong with it eating three mealworms though.
     
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  18. Serafeimink

    Serafeimink Arachnopeon

    Okay. They were small worms IMO. Its just superworms seem too big.. I assumed 2-3 would be okay for it. youre thinking of the right spider though right?
     
  19. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    dunno...but even my adult avic avics get one mealworm....but they can and do handle large supers without issue.
     
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  20. Garetyl

    Garetyl Arachnoknight Active Member

    I've got holes poked throughout the vial. Other people said it was okay, but if I can do better, I will. I usually find her up high in the plant. I don't think I have issues with ventilation. If I did, the aloe bark tube would mould up.

    ETA: the top is full of holes too.

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