B. Smithi home to large?

Spider45

Arachnopeon
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Ok,
My first post, I just started collecting T's and have a question on a B. Smithi sling (approx 1") that I got from a pet store a few days ago. They had it in a plastic container that you normally find a Betta fish in. I transfered it to a Mini Critter Keeper (approx 6"x3"), but it seems kinda freaked out, and won't eat. Should I put it back in it's original container so it feels more secure? or should I just leave it in the Critter Keeper and not feed it for awhile until it gets use to its new home.

Thanks, Jim
 

Talkenlate04

ArachnoGod
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Small keeper might be a bit big. When they are slings I don't normally move them out of a vial till they seem a bit cramped, when that happens they move up to a container twice the size it was in. And B. Smithi are slow growers so as long as her abdomen is not shrinking or wrinkled she should be fine.
 

jr47

Arachnobaron
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Mine usually are freaked out for a while after a change of housing. Takes time for them to settle in. I would say a small kritter keeper would be fine for a one inch spider.
 

julesaussies

Arachnobaron
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i agree with Ryan here. A KK is way more room than a 1" sling needs. If you don't want to keep it in a vial i would put it back in it's store container or a cube with holes for ventilation. i think they find their prey a lot easier in smaller quarters and you don't tend to lose track of them when they start to burrow as well.
 

Snipes

Arachnoprince
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At 1" it can escape in between the slits at the top of a Kritter Keeper. Keep it in a vial.
 
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