Feeding

riley

Arachnopeon
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I have a versicolor sling .5 inch. The smallest i've ever had. How
many crickets and how often should I feed it?
 

Neo

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Wow, that is small.......

I think you gotta kill the crickets... I'm not sure how many times, like as much as they want I suppose. Any extra take it out. Experiment, I'll leave that question to the next person....
 

extrovertinvert

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ok with my small slings I usually cut a mealworm into 3 pieces and feed them 1/3 of it at a time. I feed them this about once every 3 days and the apear to be doing fine. if you have pinhead crickets then maybe one a day should be good.
 

defour

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Originally posted by Neo
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I think you gotta kill the crickets... I'm not sure how many times, like as much as they want I suppose. [/B]
I don't think that killing them more than once would accomplish anything. However, I'm paranoid and usually whack mine at least four times. None have ever come back to life, so I consider myself a wicked successful cricket killer. ;)

Your Avic should attack a 3/8" cricket without hesitation if it's hungry, and it is pretty fun to watch small T's wrestle with their prey. But, for the sake of ease and economy I usually do what Neo does: I either kill the prey or remove a few legs. This allow you to use food items of a size that the T would ordinarily find intimidating (thus reducing the frequency at which you have to feed) and prevents food (in the case of roaches, especially) from burrowing into the substrate.

Steve
 

SpiderTwin

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If you can get pinhead crickets, I would go with them. A sling at that size should have no probelm with them.
As for the amount, one a day will eventually fatten up your new arrival. If you throw in a cricket and the T dosen't eat it that day, pull it out and try again in a couple of days.

Nice new addition, the Avic's are great.
 

TheSpiderHouse

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when I got my A versi it was 1/2 inch and totally ignored pinheads. It had no problem with 3/8 - 1/2 crickets.. they seem to be suprisingly big eaters. I never killed its crickets, or tore of the legs.. actually have never done that for a sling once it hits the 1/2 mark.
 
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