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My Aphonopelma Chalcodes sling buried itself, what do I do?

Discussion in 'Tarantula Questions & Discussions' started by Kazuko Razorax, Aug 13, 2019.

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    I got this sling a week ago with a premade burrow that she expanded on her own, I fed her a mealworm and went to sleep I woke up this morning to see the mealworm eaten but also that she sealed herself in. she isn't being crushed and the cave looks somewhat stable, the exit has been completely blocked by at least 1/2'' of soil and she her back towards the exterior of the enclosure. I already had one of my slings of this specie die because of my panic so I want to ask what to do first IMG_0517.JPG IMG_0516.JPG IMG_0519.JPG IMG_0518.JPG
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  2. moricollins

    moricollins Arachnoking Old Timer

    Leave it alone. Wait a few days and offer a prekilled mealworm. Then leave it alone again
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  3. EtienneN

    EtienneN Arachnonovelist-musician-artist Arachnosupporter

    This is the tarantula equivalent of putting up a Do Not Disturb sign. It’s either very full and not hungry or getting ready to moult. It may not eat again until it moults which may not be for a month or more. This species is VERY slow growing. Also don’t forget to keep the substrate slightly damp, as water and moisture levels and retention are very crucial to a successful moult.
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  4. Thanks, I wanted confirmation that this was not the tarantula equivalent of a Darwin award. as for moisture I always put it at a level that doesn't make my T's climb up their enclosure. But can it truly dig itself out of 1/2'' to 1'' of substrate? I just got into the hobby in May of this year, and am pretty anxious for her survival as well for my other T's.
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  5. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoprince Arachnosupporter

    Keep calm and read this! ;)
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  6. cold blood

    cold blood Moderator Staff Member

    Just wait till it emerges to feed again...could be a few days or a few months.

    And no, its not trapped, it can get out with ease, it just doesnt want to....this is how they protect themselves, its completely normal.
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  7. closing off the enclosure is number one sign of "leave me alone human!"
    let your spider alone, it knows how to be alive, over care can cause more harm than good.
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  8. Vanisher

    Vanisher Arachnoking Old Timer

    Its not like they digs down, seal the burrow and then thinking: OMG, i cant dig myself up! Just relax! It will emerge eventually, maybe freshly moulted, maybe not! But it will rmerge!
  9. I'm happy to announce that the sling has emerged! I saw her dig up over the last three days, when I got back from school I saw her out near her tunnel. I haven't decided on a name for her yet, does anyone have a suggestion.
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  10. Colorado Ts

    Colorado Ts Arachnosquire Active Member

    Funny, I should have read the last post...before I wrote all this stuff. Oh well.

    Cool spider name...”Destry”.?

    It’s winter, and that mealworm was just the ticket she needed...My two Aphonopelma hentzi are both burrowed in to the bottom of their enclosures and I don't expect to see them again until maybe mid-February or early March.

    As long as the burrow is blocked off...let it be. Half this hobby is being patient.

    Moisten the substrate, let it dry out, then moisten it again. Don't flood the burrow and keep a clean water dish full, just in case the little one decides to venture out and grab a drink.

    The little 8-legger will pop up when it thinks it’s time.
  11. viper69

    viper69 ArachnoGod Old Timer

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