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My first tarantula.

Discussion in 'Tarantula Chat' started by JSgrewit42, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Teal

    Teal Arachnoemperor Old Timer

    Many slings are intimidated by live prey. Leave the crushed cricket overnight to see if it ia scavenged :)
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  2. JSgrewit42

    JSgrewit42 Arachnopeon

    Hey guys. My sling took the dead cricket into his burrow. Do I need to remove the cricket? Or is messing up the Ts burrow not a good thing.

    Just ordered a Pelinobius muticus Around 3/4 inch. Also a chilobrachys fimbriatus around 1 inch.i will See them in a few days.
  3. Thekla

    Thekla Arachnoprince Arachnosupporter

    If it took it into its burrow no more action is required on your side. ;) It'll eat it and you probably wouldn't even find a bolus, if you looked, so just leave it in peace. Usually, Ts bring out the rest and dump it in a corner of the enclosure or into the water dish.

    Sorry, I have no words for this. :rolleyes:
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  4. decirp

    decirp Arachnopeon

    this is good to know thanks, never would consider worrying about the T taking it into the burrow, but never thought they would take the leftovers out for ya ... wicked
  5. Nightshady

    Nightshady Dislike Harvester

    Those are Old World T's with a bite that can put you in the hospital. Generally people keep New World T's for some time before moving on to OW's. You might reconsider that purchase until you get some more experience. If you decide to go through with it, be very careful and I would suggest checking out some videos on how to safely re-house them.
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  6. You are asking for trouble getting very advanced spiders when you are so new to keeping them. You started with a great one. There's a nice list in the post in my sig to choose from if having only one is boring you somehow. Old world Ts are fast, and seriously venomous. They are in a whole different class. And you didn't even pick the "easy" ones.
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  7. JSgrewit42

    JSgrewit42 Arachnopeon

    I appreciate the concerns. My experience with breeding rattlesnakes might have led me to believe I could care for an advanced spider. Maybe I am wrong. I hope I succeed in my endeavor. But I assumed a fast moving spider Is different from a quick biting snake. But I’m not as afraid of the bite trust me lol. Hopefully experienced ones can help me with any troubles I have among the way
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  8. Well, you certainly have experience with "seriously venomous." Yes, people here will definitely help you. I would still recommend keeping easier stuff until you get a feel for it for practical purposes, but if you are used to acting under pressure with high stakes then sure, why not I guess.

    Most people go from what you got to NW arboreals like Psalmopoeus to OW terrestrials like Augacephalus, Ceratogyrus, Monocentropus, or Harpactira, and then to what you're doing from there. Just bear in mind that you're throwing yourself in the deep end while you are still making husbandry mistakes that those critters wont be as forgiving of.

    You have a couple days shipping time to get caught up at least? Good luck dude.
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  9. Just make sure you read up on your 2 new t's before they arrive. I got a c. fimbriatus back in June and it went from an inch to over 2.5 by now. However, it loves its burrow and i hardly see it. Just be prepared and if possible when you first rehouse it just put the vial inside the enclosure if possible and close the lid, unless you like a good chase.
  10. JSgrewit42

    JSgrewit42 Arachnopeon

    My friend has a Avic he is around 2 inches and is wondering if he can use a deli cup 32 ounce to house.
  11. Ungoliant

    Ungoliant Malleus Aranearum Staff Member

    IMO, that's a little small for a 2" Avic, but it could do in a pinch. You'd definitely need to rehouse it next molt.
  12. A 6 inch tall, 32 ounce deli cup could work til next molt at least, labeled as Plastic Soup Food Container with Lid on Amazon. I use these for some arboreals.
  13. JSgrewit42

    JSgrewit42 Arachnopeon

    Built my friend his new home. Awesome DIY from YouTube

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  14. That's really nice!
  15. JSgrewit42

    JSgrewit42 Arachnopeon

    Thanks it’s way cheaper than ordering acarylic. I want an acrylic tank when my T reaches full size but I have a while before that
  16. Clareesi

    Clareesi Arachnopeon Arachnosupporter

    Yep, as others said you can do crickets. I've actually been able to find really really tiny ones but it's a good idea to "gut load" them before feeding them to the sling. A lot of stores dont do much in the way of nutrition for crickets so throwing in a water source and some food for half a day or day before hand is helpful. Just make sure if you throw in fruits and such that it's not expired, moldy, or rotten. :)
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