Watering slings?

RyTheTGuy

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How do slings get their water? Do they just get it from crickets?
 

RatKing216

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Yes. Most of their water will be taken from Crickets and Mealworms. However, as it was said, you can mist the sides of the enclosure and or the substrate as well.
 

RyTheTGuy

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Well I'm planning on getting either 3 B.Smithi slings or a B. Smithi and a G. Pulchripes if I can't find a dealer with good prices on both. I've been told they don't like to damp of substrate
 

KoriTamashii

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Well I'm planning on getting either 3 B.Smithi slings or a B. Smithi and a G. Pulchripes if I can't find a dealer with good prices on both. I've been told they don't like to damp of substrate
So give it a light misting a couple times a week. It's not rocket science ;)
 

RyTheTGuy

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So give it a light misting a couple times a week. It's not rocket science ;)
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If your going to make ******* comments then you don't need to reply to anything. I am new to the hobby and I was just wonder if slings need special water treatment.
 
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Stopdroproll

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Misting it good a couple times a week is fine. Smithi and pulchripes are dry species, so it doesn't have to be soaking wet. My G. pulchripes sling's enclosure gets bone dry because heating is on this time of the year. Not a problem. Give the enclosure a good misting, they will drink from the droplets or from the wet substrate.
 

Blaze

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If your going to make asshole comments then you don't need to reply to anything. I am new to the hobby and I was just wonder if slings need special water treatment.
hey Ry, just read the rules on cursing brother. I'm not trying to be a smart alec, i just don't want you getting an infraction.
 

Lolita

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i have a pulchripes and a smithi sling each and typically what i do is a take a eye dropper (or a straw can be used as well) and wet a corner of the substrate that way they can get water if they want but stay on dry substrate as well and it's worked pretty well for me slings can be intimidating at first but really aren't that hard to take care of
 

JC

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hey Ry, just read the rules on cursing brother. I'm not trying to be a smart alec, i just don't want you getting an infraction.
And you are going to get an infraction as well for quoting him, so you both should remove that word from your posts.
 

grayhound

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clam shells

I totally agree with the getting water from crickets, and misting occasionally..... however a method that I use in the winter dry months is to put in a very small clam shell or seashell. They usually are really shallow and work well for slings, and look more natural than a pop bottle lid or something. If your shells are pourous, hot glue the bottom.
 

curiousme

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Well I'm planning on getting either 3 B.Smithi slings or a B. Smithi and a G. Pulchripes if I can't find a dealer with good prices on both. I've been told they don't like to damp of substrate
Adults don't care for dry substrate. However, spiderlings that are under 2" do not have a fully developed epicuticle(outer waxy layer) and are therefore more susceptible to desiccation. Since it isn't recommended to keep them with a water dish until 2" then you keep the substrate damp for them. They will drink directly from the substrate as well, so it serves 2 purposes to wet the substrate.

Here is a post by Stan Schultz about the care of B. smithi.
 

Rue

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... spiderlings that are under 2" ... Since it isn't recommended to keep them with a water dish until 2" then you keep the substrate damp for them. They will drink directly from the substrate as well, so it serves 2 purposes to wet the substrate....
Ah! That's helpful too! Thanks!
 

ZergFront

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I have a small B.boehmi, A.brocklehursti, P.pulcher and a P.irminia. If I think the water will dry too quickly or the sub is moist enough, I use the caps of the smallest vials as a little water bowl. They easily fill up with an eye dropper.

I don't know how well this would work with avics though....
 
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