Usambara S'lings and Moisture

Mojo Jojo

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Ok, from what I understand, Usambara Baboons need to have dry substrate. But mine is still a sling, and I don't have a water dish in its vivarium. So I have been keeping the substrate somewhat moist. Would it be better to give him dry substrate and a waterdish, or is he still too small?

I have posted a pic(s) of his setup.

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BD
 
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MrT

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Try the old half&half method.
You know, half moist and half dry. Or at least a moist spot.;)

Ernie

I might be wrong, but if it was too moist the sling would make a hammock off the substrate.
 
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Mojo Jojo

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I've had this guy for quite a while now, and he hasn't eaten at all. And he doesn't seem like he's premolt either. I am just kind of worried about this, as he is so small. So I was wondering if maybe he was unhappy with his living conditions.

BD
 

MrT

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That could be.
Mine were in pill bottles about 1 1/4" wide.
That jar looks too big for it. It might not be able to find its food.
IMO ;)

I bet ya, if you put it in a pill bottle with dry substrate, mist one side of the bottle so you can control the dampness of the soil, your little sling will start webbing and eating right away.

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Tarantula Lover

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hey

I agree on MrT on this one BD, give it a pill vile as MrT said! Because when I put my curly sling in a delicup, it could not find its food, but when I put it back into a vile it knew where the food was, also as MrT says a half and half will work! Hope this Helps!

Good Luck!

James
 

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just in case it turns out not to be the size of the enclosure, my 4 surviving usumbara slings ALL stopped eating 3 weeks before they molted. i thought that wouldnt happen, as they were 3/4" at the time, but they did it. i was worried that whole 3 weeks they'd starve before they molted.
 

Mojo Jojo

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Well, I gave my usambara a brand new washed out pill bottle today. I put 100% dry peat in there, gave him a little piece of bark, and then put a little bit of water on one side of the bark.

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Bjorgly

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BD,

WHen i used the 1/2 and 1/2 watering technique, after a week or 2, dispite good ventilation, i had millions of SUPER SMALL grey bugs crawling all over the place. I immediately switched the sling into a new cage and just mist the sides or drop a few droplets of water own the side every few days and have yet to see a problem. Just keep a close eye on the substrate if you wet it down lots. Slings get most of their water from crickets anyways, who are 70% water.

Mark
 
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