- Feb 19, 2017
i screwed up badly. As I watched a cricket I had just put into my slings enclosure crawl into the burrow, I watched as my sling bit it and left it at that. Three hours later, the cricket is dead and my sling is still in the same position. An hour after that, I return to find my sling in what looks like death curl, leaking white fluid from somewhere on its body. In a panic I carefully cleared away the burrow and placed it on some damp substrate. Lo and behold it began to move, but sluggishly. I saw the black abdomen and thought, 'holy crap I just screwed up badly.' I think I dug my sling out of its burrow during premolt. I quickly replaced its enclosure, placed the dead cricket in one corner and gently placed the sling back inside. Ive turned off all the lights in my house and placed the enclosure near a 1W heat mat. Is my sling going to die now without a proper burrow? Have I induced too much stress? It is an Australian Selenotypus species and they are fossorial. Is there anything I can do to help it. Sorry if this sounds panicked I am very worried and this is my first sling...