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Why do people keep telling me Acivs are stubborn?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by PhilMcWonder, Nov 7, 2018.

  1. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnosquire Active Member

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    So far I have had about 4 people tell me Pink Toes are stubborn creatures.
    In particular food. I hear people keep saying they refuse food.
    My Pink has been eating every time I feed it.
    Does anyone here have troubles feeding them?
     
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  2. antinous

    antinous Phormic-Addict Arachnosupporter

    Haven’t heard they were stubborn, but they are known to be ‘hard’ to keep for new people entering the hobby. Sometime they will go off of food if kept in a larger enclosure as they’ll end up scrunched up in a corner due to stress
     
  3. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnosquire Active Member

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    So if they are stressed they refuse food? I assumed that would go for most Ts in general.
     
  4. antinous

    antinous Phormic-Addict Arachnosupporter

    Larger enclosures stress Avics more than other T’s if I remember correctly.
     
  5. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnosquire Active Member

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    I like large enclosures, but I know I need a taller one. Mine is eating just fine so I assume it is comfortable enough at the moment.
     
  6. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    slings are picky. juvis+ are great feeders.

    just because it eats, doesnt mean the cage is appropriate.
     
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  7. Chris LXXIX

    Chris LXXIX Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Chinese proverb:"Because you talked to the wrong four persons" :pompous: <-- Smilies depicting a wise Shanghai of the '20s Chinese man
     
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  8. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnosquire Active Member

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    I know mine isnt. It needs to be taller and I want a cage with cross ventilation.
     
  9. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    post a pic of it.
     
  10. Mini8leggedfreak

    Mini8leggedfreak Arachnosquire Active Member

    Just throwing something in here. I’m not sure that the size of an enclosure would stress anything out, maybe it’s more about cover and if there’s enough for the spider to hid away.
     
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  11. antinous

    antinous Phormic-Addict Arachnosupporter

    Meant to say that but was in a rush. Usually when people give them a large enclosure they don’t give as much cover as they want to be able to see the spider.
     
  12. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnosquire Active Member

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    Figured that was the case. Spiders in the wild aren't stressed because of the size of their home but rather exposure. A big cage is perfectly fine if it has plenty of stuff the T can use to build a home and a place where it can feel safe. Right now mine is in a 10 gallon tank that only has holes on top. I want an arboreal tank with vents on the top and sides.

    Either way she eats everything so I don't understand people telling me they are "stubborn eaters".
     
  13. Jurdon

    Jurdon Arachnosquire Active Member

    maybe your avic’s broken

    in all seriousness, rather than wonder why other people have pickier avics, perhaps consider yourself lucky to have a garbage disposal of a spider! i know i would, my only T is fasting currently :^(
     
  14. FrmDaLeftCoast

    FrmDaLeftCoast Arachnopeon Active Member

    Perhaps when peeps are referring to humans when they say "pink toes being stubborn creatures"??? :troll:
     
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  15. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    Some are better eaters than others (A. variegata have a much stronger feeding response than A. avicularia for example) but they all eat pretty well IME.

    Edit: They seem to cue in on movement more than other species so if a prey item doesn't move that much then they might not go for it, they go absolutely winged-rat excrement crazy for moths.

    You've been told they're stubborn because they never go where you want them to (try to pack an Avic or Caribena for shipping and you'll see what I mean, same with rehouses but to a lesser extent), they also like to throw in the odd no-scope poop snipe just to add insult to injury.
     
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  16. PhilMcWonder

    PhilMcWonder Arachnosquire Active Member

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    That's a defense apparently. They do it as a "Go away/Leave me alone" in nature.
     
  17. The Grym Reaper

    The Grym Reaper Arachnotank Arachnosupporter

    A lot of arboreals do it, there's a clip of Rob C on YouTube where he gets poop sniped by his adult female P. irminia.
     
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  18. Djv44spider

    Djv44spider Arachnopeon

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    I think it also depends on the individual T as well
     
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  19. Luka98

    Luka98 Arachnosquire Active Member

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    I have a c versi i guess that (kinda) still counts, as others have said as long as you have the appropriate enclosure it's all good. Venting and anchor points are key, also check this diy enclosure if you're stressing out about a proper viv, it's like ferrero tailored their candy box for big sling/juvie avic keeping, mine is in one of those and it's amazing how well it works :hilarious:

     
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  20. Venom1080

    Venom1080 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Read my post again. Slings are picky. You have a adult. Very simple concept.