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tarantula escape aftermath

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Marcel Tanriverdi, Feb 6, 2019.

  1. Marcel Tanriverdi

    Marcel Tanriverdi Arachnopeon

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    Hi there,

    My small small Hapalopus sp Columbia Large sling escaped through a ventilation hole. After 2 days searching everywhere with flashlight still no sign of it. As small it is, it can be anywhere right now. Should I be worried for my dogs? What would you guys suggest
     
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  2. jrh3

    jrh3 Knights of The Arachno Table Arachnosupporter

    I would search all the corners of the room and corners of the dressers or such. Good luck and maybe it will show up. I wouldn't worry about the dogs.
     
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  3. Arachnophoric

    Arachnophoric Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Your dogs will be fine. Honestly the only thing at risk is your sling. Don't lose hope yet - you never know where the little thing might show up. The odds sound grim, but that doesn't mean a happy ending isn't possible.
     
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  4. Marcel Tanriverdi

    Marcel Tanriverdi Arachnopeon

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    Here is a picture of the little guy prior the night it escaped. Well it escaped with full belly at least so can survive a while. I hope it shows up somewhere soon or my family wants to move out hah
     

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  5. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

    I don't know which exactly kind of luck you will need to have for find again, and full healthy, this sling, man.

    As said above, however, the dogs risk nothing... bit of solace, at least :writer:
     
  6. Rob1985

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    The biggest risk is that it will become a snack for the dogs...
     
  7. Arachnophoric

    Arachnophoric Arachnodemon Active Member

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    Hardly big enough to even be considered that - poor thing is about the size of a crumb, probably.
     
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  8. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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    Someone might lose a leg now....
     
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  9. MintyWood826

    MintyWood826 Arachnobaron

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    I have an escaped sling right now, too. My advice is to keep looking. Also, since slings get dehydrated more easily, maybe put out water in caps near where the most likely area is. It was recommended to me to use a red light to search as they can be photophobic sometimes, but can't see red light.
     
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  10. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

    Ach, sorry :lock:

    Your 'Avic', by chance?
     
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  11. MintyWood826

    MintyWood826 Arachnobaron

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    No, it was my smallest spider, a 1/2 inch Bumba cabocla. Of course it was my smallest. I made
    a thread about it btw. OP, there might be something helpful in it that wasn't in this thread.
     
  12. Liquifin

    Liquifin Arachnoangel Active Member

    While the Hapalopus species is quick to bolt and run everywhere. They settle quite quickly, meaning that once they can locate themselves somewhere comfortable. They will be webbing quite a bit. Which can help in sighting it. Tiny guys like tight spaces, so remember crevices and cracks are good places to look at.
     
  13. darkness975

    darkness975 dream reaper Arachnosupporter

    Die Huende koennen deinen Vogelspinne essen.

    I would not be concerned about the health of your dogs, or anything else. If it is not found, it will likely get stepped on or eaten by some other invertebrate hunter in the house. If it manages to make its way outside, it will either be eaten by something out there, or it will die from the cold.

    In the future, remember the general rule of thumb. If it can fit its carapace through a space, the whole body will fit.

    Slings are best kept in deli cups.
     
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  14. PidderPeets

    PidderPeets Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

    Try leaving clothing or towels crumpled up one the floor and check them on occasion. That's the first place my LP sling went when I lost her, and I know at least a few other people on here have found escaped Ts by similar means
     
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  15. Marcel Tanriverdi

    Marcel Tanriverdi Arachnopeon

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    Guys! Happy ending! Just right now I saw the sling crawling next to the shelf its enclosure was standing. I cant explain how happy I am rn. Amazing luck! Look how small it is.

    Thanks for all the tips and support. I placed it in a cup with needle holes so it shouldnt be able to escape again.
     

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  16. Tenebrarius

    Tenebrarius Arachnoangel Active Member

    thats a pretty smol boi nice job finding it, I would recommend being extra cautious about ventilation hole, they must be smaller than the carapace.
     
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  17. Arachnophoric

    Arachnophoric Arachnodemon Active Member

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    That's AWESOME! So glad you found your little sling, a happy ending for sure and a great example of why you don't give up hope, even on the little ones! :D
     
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  18. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    The spider gods have smiled upon you! That's really incredible you found it. Now it can go tell all its shelf friends about its grand adventure. :)
     
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  19. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX ArachnoGod Active Member

    This isn't only 'Luck', but 'Luck with pure Class' as well :)

     
  20. BoyFromLA

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    As I always say, I love the stories with happy ending.