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PostSubject: slings and moisture   8/12/2013, 6:41 am

I have 4 slings coming tomorrow

I have 3 slings rite now.... genic, pulchripes, and rosea....

tomorrow whats coming Is.... B. Emilia, B. vagans x2, and B. boehmei

do these new slings need damp dirt rite?

im just making sure im doing this correctly....

I dampened the dirt a little bit because I think slings need more moisture cuase they molt more often
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/12/2013, 10:08 am

All slings need moisture. eventhough the only species that requires a bit more moisture as an adult is the geniculata, all slings do well with a damp substrate

I have had slings die of dehydration but none die of too much moisture so keep them damp

If you overdo it the Brachys and pulchripes may go up on the side of the container but let it dry off and they will come back down when the conditions have improved
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/12/2013, 4:24 pm

ok thanks
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/13/2013, 1:56 pm

okay so I got my slings they are all healthy and active

the one vagans hasn't even been in there for 3 minutes and its starting to dig a hole lol

they are too small to take a picture
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/13/2013, 7:59 pm

Yeah the B. vagans are little bulldozers. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/13/2013, 8:07 pm

I have a question.....

one vagans ate

but the others are running from the cricket

the cricket is the size of a grain if rice, which is also how big the slings are

should I try flightless fruit flies ??

I don't think its premolt cuase there abdomen isn't fat
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 4:48 am

if they are running away leave the food in there for about an hour. If still they have not eaten it remove the food and after 4 or 5 days and try again.

Sometimes the move into a new container brings on a moult even if they are not too fat hence why they wont eat

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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:24 am

r u sure they wont die if I wait that long ?
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:25 am

5 days with no food?

These species can go for many weeks if not months with no food Wink
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:26 am

even a quarter inch sling ?
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:29 am

yes, they can dehydrate pretty quickly but they can go with no food for long periods. Usually they moult once a month at that size so only eat a few times then go into premoult
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:33 am

ok ill wait
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:35 am

Do you have a closeup picture of the T?
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:42 am

I thought they were too small for the camera rite now....

both the vagans ate

the boehmei and Emilia didn't tho

and the one vagans likes to dig , im worried at feeding time he wont come out for food
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:43 am

they are in a 16oz. container wich makes it harder to catch the food cuase of the container size
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:45 am

Dont worry, they feel vibrations above them and will come out if hungry

Another thing to try is placing an adult cricket leg in the container next to the spiderling. Small spiderlings will feed on dead prey items and if they are in premoult it is safer than live food
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:46 am

ok ill try that if it doesn't eat next time I try to feed them
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:49 am

I have the two uneaten crickets in a container

do u think I should offer one to each of the vagans ?

cuase they ate yesterday and they might eat again , that's why
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:50 am

go for it Wink

vagans are usually pigs, they eat a lot haha
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:54 am

ok I put them in there,


thanks for helping Smile
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:56 am

No problem, i have been through that worrying stage with small spiderlings but eventually you realise that they wouldn't have survived all these years if they were that fragile Wink

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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 10:57 am

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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 12:20 pm

ok I put a cricket leg in each container

its not a huge cricket leg but its in there

im waiting to see if they eat it
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/14/2013, 4:01 pm

WWOOOO!!!! the one that didn't eat , is eating the flightless fruit flies !!!

and the other one that wouldn't eat is eating a cricket leg !!
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PostSubject: Re: slings and moisture   8/15/2013, 3:48 am

Great to hear Wink

Fruitflies seem to trigger attacks from spiderlings better than any other prey item. If you try larger greenbottle flies when the slings are a bit bigger you will see how they chase them round the tub haha

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