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2 Month Sling Update

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Venum, Oct 4, 2019.

  1. Venum

    Venum Arachnopeon

    USA
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    About two months ago I posted some questions about two tarantula slings I purchased. I wanted to make this post to give a 2 month update on my progress.

    Ironically, I have started to really enjoy the A. Purpurea despite frequent mentions that it is a terrible species to start with. If I sneak into the T room at night, I can usually observe it out of its hide and on the side of the container. I have noticed it has a voracious appetite as well. When I open the lid to the deli cup that it is housed in, it will retreat into it's web tunnel behind the cork bark. Still, moments after a lateralis is dropped in, it will creep out and pounce before retreating back into its lair. This sling has molted twice since I've owned it - once in transit and again a few days ago. So far this one seems to be doing well.

    I also have a B. Albopilosum which is much smaller (probably no more than 1/2"). It refused food for a week and it's coloration became much darker and shiny which was a good indicator to me that it was in a pre-molt. Sure enough, about a week after it stopped eating I found a molt in the water dish one morning. It resumed feeding about 3 days after this. I read you are supposed to wait a week or more before feeding, but I am of the mind that the T will know better than me when its exoskeleton has hardened and will take food when it is ready. The neat thing about this one is that it will accept 2-3 melangasters at a time. Those must be some strong pedipalps!

    As is customary with this hobby, I also couldn't resist adding another sling to my collection. I bought a B. Hamorii that was about 1" in diameter. This one immediately burrowed under the cork bark, covered the hole, and I haven't seen it since. I did brush away the covering of the burrow with a paint brush to see if I could find it and I dropped a lateralis in there to see if it would eat. It immediately accepted the roach, though I don't think I will feed it for a bit because I've read this could be a sign of pre-molt. I would be curious to hear other keepers thoughts on this behavior.

    All in all, I have to say I am really happy I pulled the trigger on these (my wife still needs time :)). Thanks for taking the time to read!
     
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  2. ThatsUnpossible

    ThatsUnpossible Arachnosquire

    UK
    You’re way ahead of me (only had mine 2 weeks). I’m dead envious that yours have molted, I think I won’t relax until they’ve survived a molt.

    Hope your Wife comes around, is she phobic or just not keen?

    I think most on here would say if your spider actually closes the burrow entrance, you should take that as a “do not disturb” sign. I think you’re wise not to attempt to feed until he/she opens the burrow again. Oddly, my hamorii sling has done the opposite - he’s closed the burrow entrance and stayed outside it. ??
     
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  3. Venum

    Venum Arachnopeon

    USA
    She is phobic, but she is starting to come around. Honestly I was as well until I found several youtube channels I now watch religiously (Dark Den, Exotics Lair, etc.)
     
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  4. ThatsUnpossible

    ThatsUnpossible Arachnosquire

    UK
    Me too! I did a phobia workshop at a zoo, which got my fear level right down. I’m hoping these t’s will cure it completely.

    I watch both of those channels too, and also Tom Moran (another ex-arachnophobe).
     
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  5. Venum

    Venum Arachnopeon

    USA
    An interesting update is I believe I misidentified the species of tarantula I have which might be why I'm having more success with it. The (what I assumed) A. Purpurea was sold to me as a "purple tree tarantula" and I realized my sling looks nothing like other A. Purpurea slings. It actually looks a heck of a lot like a T. violaceus. Are these easier to keep?
     
  6. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    Well, if it is a Tapi, it’ll be about fifty times faster. ;) Also, photos.
     
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  7. Venum

    Venum Arachnopeon

    USA
    These are the best pics I was able to get this morning.
     

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  8. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    What colour is the T? With the low lighting there’s almost no way to discern distinguishing features.
     
  9. Venum

    Venum Arachnopeon

    USA
    It is dark brown/black and its carapace and legs have a slightly orange tint.
     
  10. Vanessa

    Vanessa Grammostola Groupie Arachnosupporter

    Judging by the amount of times that I have read about damaged fangs after moulting, I wouldn't make this assumption at all.
     
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