New P. irminia sling/juvie

octanejunkie

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Went by my LPS yesterday and picked up a 1.5" sling, probably closer to a juvenile.

The spider guy there said they have had these for a few months, no one buying them - too fast and they hide too much

They have them in 32 oz deli cups with vented lids and sure enough all the slings had made dirt curtains behind cork bark slabs in the containers and all were hiding.

He opened one of the containers to feed/see one of the slings in front of me and IT EXPLODED out of the container!
We both scrambled to re-acquire the spider and I contained it in a 16 oz deli cup against the inside top of the display case. With a sheet of paper I was able to get it back into the larger deli cup and through the trial of fire, the spider became mine and I became it's new guardian.

Here's a pic of the new acquisition


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I will pop a few more holes in the 32 oz cup, it seems kind of humid in there. I will also assemble it's next home, either a 4x4x8 amac container OR a 1 gallon square jug ala Tom Moran. Eventually, an Exo Terra Nano Tall. I will NOT mod the top screened lid lol

Based on what I have seen of this species, dirt curtains from the ground up attached to a vertical/leaning branch, it would seem other decor like fake plants and leaves may not be relevant.
What are your experiences with that?

ps. also posted on the "other" T forum
 

viper69

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There's more than one T forum, I certainly post links to other forums that provide good info. Good info, is just that, good info.

Your T is par for the course w/that species. I always provide this genus cork bark. I find cork bark to be the best cage furniture for Ts.

Not modding the lid, as in not removing the screen? If so, not the smartest idea.
 

The Grym Reaper

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I set them up with slightly deeper sub and put plants either side of the base of the bark, I find my non-Avic arboreals (for the most part) tend to hide less when given more cover.

Non Avic setup 1.jpg
 

octanejunkie

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I set them up with slightly deeper sub and put plants either side of the base of the bark, I find my non-Avic arboreals (for the most part) tend to hide less when given more cover.
Thanks for the info, and the pic!

You don't see value in attaching the water dish up high?
 

Vanisher

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Went by my LPS yesterday and picked up a 1.5" sling, probably closer to a juvenile.

The spider guy there said they have had these for a few months, no one buying them - too fast and they hide too much

They have them in 32 oz deli cups with vented lids and sure enough all the slings had made dirt curtains behind cork bark slabs in the containers and all were hiding.

He opened one of the containers to feed/see one of the slings in front of me and IT EXPLODED out of the container!
We both scrambled to re-acquire the spider and I contained it in a 16 oz deli cup against the inside top of the display case. With a sheet of paper I was able to get it back into the larger deli cup and through the trial of fire, the spider became mine and I became it's new guardian.

Here's a pic of the new acquisition


IMG_20200323_160831.jpg



I will pop a few more holes in the 32 oz cup, it seems kind of humid in there. I will also assemble it's next home, either a 4x4x8 amac container OR a 1 gallon square jug ala Tom Moran. Eventually, an Exo Terra Nano Tall. I will NOT mod the top screened lid lol

Based on what I have seen of this species, dirt curtains from the ground up attached to a vertical/leaning branch, it would seem other decor like fake plants and leaves may not be relevant.
What are your experiences with that?

ps. also posted on the "other" T forum
The whole genus are very nice. Yes they likes to dig especially when they are juveniles, but also when they are adult. IME, generally they are more behaving like Poecilotherias in captivety, more so than say Avicularias
 

The Grym Reaper

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Thanks for the info, and the pic!

You don't see value in attaching the water dish up high?
No, I don't do it in any of my arboreal enclosures, non-Avic arboreals live close to ground anyway (which makes elevated dishes kinda pointless), and all of my Aviculariinae will happily come down to ground level to drink (even shortly after moulting).
 

octanejunkie

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Irma the P. irminia (hoping for a female here( has been feeling more comfortable. Found her completely out of her dirt burrow just now. WFH has been good for spider sightings!


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I melted a bunch more holes in her deli cup yesterday and fed her a medium B. lat yesterday evening. She attached the crap out of it and drug at back into her burrow.
 

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There seems to be a lot of discussion around this particular topic and the consensus appears it's more of an issue for terrestrials, and not so much for arboreals
More of an issue for terrestrials-- but it's still an issue for arboreals.

My male Avic used to get stuck, then I fixed that and dumped the screen. It's your T, you want to risk it losing a leg or dying up to you unfortunately and not the T.
 
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