Mist or Water dish?

ballpython2

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Here are the two enclosures that my .75 - 1" singpore blues are in..my question is this should i throw in a small water dish or will they drink it off the sides of the walls:

 

TheDarkFinder

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For you water dish. Misting, as the only form of water only works if you know tarantulas every well. If you do not then you are in trouble.
 

monitormonster

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Yeah, for tiny T's under 3", you want to mist. If you put a water dish in there, they might drown in it.
 

Talkenlate04

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Yeah, for tiny T's under 3", you want to mist. If you put a water dish in there, they might drown in it.
I still have yet to see a T that drowned in a bottle cap. :rolleyes:

But I agree with Dark, if you dont know the species yet and cant tell when its in trouble, a dish of some sort is a better option.
 

Lorgakor

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Also, they are arboreal tarantulas, you may want to put a piece of corkbark or something of the like for them to climb on, hide behind and attach web to.
I mist most of my arboreals, adults and slings, only one of them has a water dish.
 

monitormonster

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In 20+ year I have never see or heard of a tarantula drowning. I'm going to do a search and see if anyone here actually had a tarantula drown.
I have never heard of that happening either, but every forum I have visited or every T book I have read suggests not putting a water bowl in the cage until the T is at least 3".

For me, it isnt worth the risk.
 

Talkenlate04

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In 20+ year I have never see or heard of a tarantula drowning. I'm going to do a search and see if anyone here actually had a tarantula drown.
My search came up with nadda. And I looked for over an hour. Even if you dropped a sling in the middle of a bowl of water its not going to say " oh well I give up" its going to glide on out of the bowl. Or more accuratley teleport out of the water if it does not want to be there.

But I did keep finding people saying dont use one till they are 2.5-3" or bigger. Why I dont know. Proberly one of those it sounds good pieces of advice, so everyone does it without caring or asking why.
 

cacoseraph

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i've dropped B. albopilosum and obt slings into water a number of times. they just sort of swim/walk until they hit structure and then haul themselves out of the water

i don't use water dishes until the slings are bigger simply because there is no way and no point when a sling is in a vial.

incidentily, scorps dropped into water kind of sink and some seem to sort of give up and some seem to try to walk on the bottom. i would be MUCH more inclined to worry about scorps drowning than taras
 

spid142

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mist

mist little slings, every few days a small amount, so the enclosure never dries out
 
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