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White organisms covering T's fangs

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Crazed, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Crazed

    Crazed Arachnopeon

    These small white organisms have covered my Versi slings fangs. She is trying to remove them? Does anyone k ow what they are or how i can get rid of them?

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  2. spookyvibes

    spookyvibes Arachnobaron Active Member

    They’re probably mites, and they’re probably annoying her. I’d stick a dead feeder insect or two in there so the mites stop picking scraps of food off her fangs and stop bugging her. The mites aren’t harmful, they’re actually a free cleanup crew (like springtails), but if you want to lessen their numbers at the very least, scoop out the dead feeder insects after they’ve accumulated a large amount of mites. How big is your C. versicolor? She seems pretty decently sized in the photo.
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  3. Crazed

    Crazed Arachnopeon

    Shes about 2 inches (hopeful she). And i havent fed her in that enclosure, i will stick a dead roach in, thanks for the advice, im relatively new so i was worried
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  4. PidderPeets

    PidderPeets Arachnoangel Arachnosupporter

    They look like they're just mites. They should be fine and disperse on their own. No need to do anything. Any chance you gave it prekilled food? That's the only reason I would imagine mites swarming the fangs like that (the mites could have already been eating the prekill when the spider decided to take it)
  5. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoangel Active Member

    I don't like mites either but they're not harmful. What irritates me is why they're there in the first place... o_O
    Mites need moisture to reproduce. How do you keep your C. versicolor? It should be dry - apart from a water dish - and very well ventilated. Could you post a picture of the enclosure?
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  6. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoprince Old Timer

    I wouldnt keep a versicolor sling dry! I wouldnt keep any sling of any speicies dry! They should be kept moist with good ventilation, if you ask me that is!
  7. Crazed

    Crazed Arachnopeon

    Didnt have coco fibre available, i assume the mites came from this sub, i can't really change it now but as long as mites arent harmful i dont mind them.

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  8. As daft as it sounds ive cleaned a few t blondi although not of mites but dirt and fine granular fibres off cork bark by using an artists paintbrush moistened of course and ive been very gentle around carapace etc worked a treat
  9. Tenebrarius

    Tenebrarius Arachnoangel Active Member

    are Ts not capable of grooming themselves? :rolleyes: *he said as he violently brushed his pet tarantula*
  10. No was very gentle honest a matter of seconds only did it once or twice."sat there stroking it christ you make me sound like a bond villian or sumet lol"
  11. Greasylake

    Greasylake Arachnoprince

    The mites are there cleaning your tarantulas fangs of left over food scraps. They're like living toothbrushes.
  12. Tenebrarius

    Tenebrarius Arachnoangel Active Member

    yeah like the replacement to giving them baths.

    I started using baby shampoo so I don't get soap in their EYES.