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Welp it finally happened

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by ShrapnelShark, May 12, 2017.

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    I had a H.gigas(hobby form) sling dip on me from the shipping vial it was in. 1/3" i thought I lost it. But it ended up showing itself about 15minutes later. Longest 15minutes of my life.
  2. darkness975

    darkness975 Dream Reaper Arachnosupporter

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  3. Titandan

    Titandan Arachnopeon

    If you are in a cooler part of the world, I heard keeping a heat pad or heat lamp in a certain part of the room and looking for the T near the heated area sometimes work. It makes sense but I've never tried it myself.

    Hope you find your T.

  4. beaker41

    beaker41 Arachnoknight

    I disagree. Most people think the main issue with ow is the potential strength of the bite but in my mind the issue is speed. I always tell people you cannot understand the speed you're dealing with until you've seen it with your own eyes. It may seem ridiculous to use the bag method 90% of the time and total overkill but one thing you can count on is 0 escapes. It's even more of a surprise when you have done cage transfers or cleaning and never had any issues. T's just have a mind of their own and as in most things if you plan for the worst you are covered. There's no one in the world who is going to beat a motivated t in a contest of speed. It's natural to hesitate when you get surprised like this and that's more than enough time for your t to escape. Even if you manage to get your catch cup on them the issue then becomes how do you capture without maiming your little buddy. If you take the right precautions this will never ever happen, it's just a matter of being willing to put in the extra preparation even when you don't think it's necessary.
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  5. Bread

    Bread Arachnopeon

    I rehouse in an old fishtank i have lying around (unless its the big guys which are done in the bathtub but are easier to spot)
    said fishtank has its walled covered in ptfe i use for my formicariums, not even T's can climb it.
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  6. Did you just solve the problem of terrestrials hanging on the lid? I think you mightve.
  7. nicodimus22

    nicodimus22 Arachnobaron Arachnosupporter

    You can't see teleportation.
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  8. STi

    STi Arachnopeon

    I had an irminia sling get loose on me when opening the enclosure to feed. I ended up throwing some laundry on the floor and checking it 2 or 3 times a day. I forget how long it was, shorter than a week, but sure enough I found the little one in one of my shirts. Might work for you and wishing you luck in finding your little fugitive
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  9. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Oooooh....good luck locating it, it will take a good degree of luck.

    In the future just house in a 16oz deli cup....this way you can just peel back a small area needed...this alone will virtually eliminate escapes....thats the major downfall to enclosures with rigid tops that need to be completely removed.
    If you are in northern IL, hit me up....i should be breeding darlingi pretty soon and would be happy to offer a replacement if its not found or replaced by then.
    i think of this every time i re house in the tub...lol. The other day i housed a mm darlingi in the tub....afterwards i realized i didnt close the drain...dodged a bullet there...
    Heat with a space heater.....a pad us designed to be used in contact, just leaving a heat pad in the vicinity wont have much effect unless its kept pretty close.

    Heat lamps are quite dangerous to use with ts and should be avoided....theyre way too hot and significantly dry out the air in enclosures.
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  10. mconnachan

    mconnachan Arachnoprince Active Member

    No matter what size of T I'm rehousing I always utilise the bath, the best solution to an easily avoided situation. The best advice I can give has already been given by @Moakmeister use a red flash light when it's dark, they stand out more so than using an ordinary flashlight. Sorry to hear this, I really hope you find the wee fella. Good luck.
  11. Moakmeister

    Moakmeister Arachnobaron

    That's not the reason, the reason is that they can't see red light so they won't hide when you shine it at then.
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  12. Trenor

    Trenor Arachnoprince

    I've never used the tub to rehouse. Chasing some T about behind the toilet never has appealed to me. I tried using a large plastic tote once but it barely slowed the T down and the corners made using the catch cup difficult. I much prefer to rehouse in a large open space. Using the catch cups are a lot easier.
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  13. Formerphobe

    Formerphobe Arachnoking Arachnosupporter

    VA, USA
    Being a heavy webbing burrower, look for it to set up housekeeping in random nooks and crannies about your room.
    Keep a flashlight handy to check your shoes before putting them on.
  14. sasker

    sasker Arachnobaron Active Member

    What, prey, is the bag method?

    I will receive a C. marshalli - my first OW - this week and I want to avoid a similar incident as the OP described.
  15. Stormsky

    Stormsky Arachnopeon

    The bag method is putting the tarantula's old enclosure in a bag and taping the bag's opening around the opening of the new enclosure, then basically doing the whole transfer through the bag. It puts the whole transfer in a closed environment so you don't have to worry about an escape at any point in the process.
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  16. sasker

    sasker Arachnobaron Active Member

    That sounds awfully laborious, but still better than chasing your tarantula for days. Thanks for the info, I might give this a try.
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  17. Phases

    Phases Arachnosquire

    Wow that stinks! Best of luck to ya. Keep your ear out, you might hear it 'hiss' at ya if you annoy it. Pretty distinct sound.

    Edit: I do some transfers that I'm concerned about inside a bigger storage bin with lid and cups handy.. Once you realize it's about to flee, well, you just have to be faster ;) And hopefully no-one, spiders included, get hurt..
  18. Phases

    Phases Arachnosquire

    Oh if no one has mentioned it, roll up a towel and shove it under the door, so it doesn't leave the room.
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