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Discussion in 'Tarantula Pictures' started by miss moxie, Dec 30, 2014.
My Caribena, Ybyrapora, and Monocentropus slings/juveniles have all been busy with their webbing which I adore! Watching a tarantula web up their enclosure is always so fascinating to me, because it's literally their creation. I make their enclosure, give them the cork bark, fake plants, substrate--whatever. But they're the ones who utilize it and really make it theirs. Even my tiny Hapalopus sp. Columbia large sling is doing a bit of webbing.
I really, really like the faux plants that you add to your enclosures. They provide some level of eye-candy without being very overbearing and over the top, plus they look super cute! Your tarantulas all look so well cared for and healthy. It makes me feel all fuzzy inside.
I do have to ask though, are those pink, tessellated 'bowls' actually from those silicone tray like things where you can use them to make ice cubes or other funky little things like tiny puddings or buns? Because it's a clever idea if so and I may end up knicking the idea in the future.
I can't speak for @miss moxie, but silicone molds make great water dishes.
I cut up some silicone treat molds from Michaels, which is about 3" in diameter. (I bet the people at Michaels have no idea what I am doing with them -- it's definitely not baking.)
If possible, bury it so that the water is roughly flush with the substrate, which makes it easier for the tarantula to drink. (Next time I cut these, I'll leave a bit of the lip to overlap the substrate to help prevent the substrate from wicking water out.)
With hard water dishes, I sometimes worried that if a tarantula fell on the raised edge, too much force would be concentrated on a narrow, rigid area, increasing the risk of injury. However, these are soft, so even if the tarantula fell onto the edge of the dish, it would just bend and absorb the energy of the fall.
Aw thank you!! I really care about my tarantulas so I want them to be healthy and "happy." They might not feel happy like we do, but safe & well-fed probably come close for them. While the fake plants are definitely there for my aesthetic pleasure, I've never had an Avic/relative-genera not incorporate the leaves or petals into their webbing and web-tubes.
Yup! I got the idea after seeing @Ungoliant use them. The silicone ice trays actually make great bowls for the tiniest of slings. They're soft to minimize fall damage, and they can be thrown into the oven and baked if the need ever arose or you wanted to sterilize them before introducing them to a new enclosure after using them in a different enclosure. .....and they can be really pretty or cute too! I told you I have an aesthetic. So far they're the bees knees.
I like that they come in so many different sizes! Right now I've got teensy ones for my smallest slings, some medium ones for my juveniles, and large ones for the sub/adults. From silicone soap/chocolate/ice molds to silicone cup cake liners, there's pretty much a silicone mold for every size except for the jumbo Ts.
That was the first thought that came into my head when I saw yours the first time-- the lower-impact of silicone versus ceramic or plastic. If -I- had my druthers, I'd pick falling onto a tractor-tire over falling onto a bath-tub.
There is a dome-shaped one (for pops) that I can use twice in sling enclosures. I cut the bottom out and use that as a water dish, and then I use the remaining piece as a hide (not that Acanthoscurria geniculata will use one).
Awh man, I just looked at that Michaels store and it's USA only. Those little leaf silicone trays looks adorable and I bet they'd look great in a terrarium, too! I don't know if I have any baking stores near me that'd sell something that cute. To be fair, though, none of my animals really need a drinking dish on the account that they may drown and they get their moisture through other means, though my snail might be a bit more pleased if I get them a softer bathing dish.
You can buy them on Amazon. X X X -- Here are a few examples I found on Amazon.co.uk.
Big post this time! In order of appearance:
Caribena versicolor sling, before and after their molt.
Caribena versicolor sling, size comparison with a sling that hasn't molted yet.
Caribena versicolor sling, after molt.
Grammostola iheringi, sub-adult female.
Grammostola pulchra, juvenile female.
Grammostola pulchripes, sub-adult female.
Phormictopus cancerides, sling.
Pamphobeteus antinous, slings.
Pamphobeteus sp. "Insignis", sling.
Pamphobeteus sp. "Costa", slings.
Nhandu chromatus, sling.
Very Nice! I love feeding day Lovely T's, & that G. Pulchra is a beauty
I can't take credit for her beauty, she's just a natural stunner! But thanks all the same, I'm pretty proud of her.
Dang, that's a nice collection of Pamphos.
Thank you!! Pamphobeteus is one of my favorite genera.
What is that little bugger? A Monocentropus?
Yep, M. balfouri juvie. I've got two and love them both. Even though they aren't cream-colored yet they're still beautiful. I'm already convinced I need a communal someday.
It's been four, nearly five, days since C. versicolor 01 molted so I went ahead and fed them. I'm thinking they're about 0.8" in size right now. C. versicolor 02 has molted as well just a couple hours ago.
I know, it seems convenient that 01 molted and then 02 molted, but I'm actually assigning them numbers now, as they molt, because I forgot when I printed out their labels initially.