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Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Andrew Clayton, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. Andrew Clayton

    Andrew Clayton Arachnobaron Active Member

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    So last Tuesday I got a P Sazimai sling just over half a cm it was lethargic and died on yesterday. Today I recieved a Holothele Sericea advertised as 1cm the size of the usual slings I buy but again it is only about half a cm if lucky so I’m feeling quite wary about it so here is a picture of the setup and T if I’m doing anything wrong please let me know don’t want this one to suddenly die too.
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  2. Vanessa

    Vanessa Grammostola Groupie Arachnosupporter

    I would dampen down half the substrate - right down to the bottom of the enclosure and not just the surface.
     
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  3. Andrew Clayton

    Andrew Clayton Arachnobaron Active Member

    It’s freshly mixed coco fibre as the substrate it’s quite damp already will I still water 1 side?
     
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  4. Vanessa

    Vanessa Grammostola Groupie Arachnosupporter

    Sorry, I couldn't tell that it was already damp. No, if it is already damp, don't soak it. I would keep 50% of that enclosure damp at all times.
     
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  5. Andrew Clayton

    Andrew Clayton Arachnobaron Active Member

    Thanks for the advice.
     
  6. Andrea82

    Andrea82 Arachnoking Active Member

    That sling looks like it only just came out of its larvae stage :eek:
    Damp substrate, agreed. Beautiful species, but just a heads up, they are FAST. As in, Pokie-fast, Tapinauchenius-fast. And also very skittish, not a fun combination. Mine ran from his food, only to zip right back to it after I blinked once.
     
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  7. Andrew Clayton

    Andrew Clayton Arachnobaron Active Member

    Yeah it has already showed some speed at that tiny size I just had to ask because I bought a P Sazimai sling last week the same size and it died on Monday there but it was very lethargic upon delivery and never recovered, but this one seems fine very bolty
     
  8. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    Slings of this species will be tiny, they max out pretty small, my MM got his dong-digits at around 1.5" (if that), can't imagine females get much over 2-2.5". Enclosure looks good, keep the sub damp and it should do fine.

    Also, the Holothele sericea (now Scopelobates sericeus) sold in the hobby are not the real deal (another hobby screw up), Scopelobates sericeus has a patch of urticating hairs, this does not, they should be labelled Holothele sp. "Dominican Republic".
     
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  9. Brachyfan

    Brachyfan Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Dong digits!?!?!? LMAO! :joyful:
     
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  10. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    Not sure if I can say "[short for Richard]-fingers" on here :hilarious:
     
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  11. Andrew Clayton

    Andrew Clayton Arachnobaron Active Member

    So What is it I have lol got it from the spider shop uk they have it labelled as Holothele Sericea but I emailed them and they have said yes it is infact Scopelobates Sericeus
     
  12. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnoreaper Arachnosupporter

    It isn't, the species they're selling under that name doesn't have urticating hairs, the real S. sericeus does. Also, as far as I'm aware, the real S. sericeus isn't available in the hobby.

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    The spider they're selling as Holothele sericea/Scopelobates sericeus is not a described species and should be labelled Holothele sp. "Dominican Republic".
     
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