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Got my G. Pulchripes spiderling, some questions

Discussion in 'Grammostola' started by KlausNomi, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. VanessaS

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    I am already concerned and I don't even have them yet. I'm going to be a mess when they finally get here. I know that I am probably getting worried over nothing - that's my personality overall. I'm sure everything will work out and I am continuing to read everyone's posts here to prepare myself better. Everyone is really fabulous here when it comes to answering questions.
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    dont worry at all. i got a freebie B. Albopilosum on a order, it was 1/4in, and i have had it for a few weeks now. has not ate for me yet. the whole time i thinking this little fella is gonna die. but today i see why he wouldn't eat..... he molted today. these are the things you learn as time comes. today i realized dont worry about them until you have raised one from sling to adult, that way you know what to expect.
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    Cute sling!
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    I fed my baby boy / girl yesterday. Those lats sure are fast runners. I keep them in an aquarium and they've populated it.
    Is it unsafe to feed a lat roach that is a bit larger than my sling?
    Here he / she is after dinner. I'll just pretend that he / she is happy and is smiling at me for feeding him / her for the first time after a molt.

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    Thanks! :D
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    do you mean bigger than its body? or bigger than its DLS? either way i dont do it, normally i feed half the body size but sometimes a little bigger is fine.
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    What's DLS? A roach that's a bit larger than my sling. Afraid that it might turn the tables and eat my baby instead.
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    Diagonal Leg Span... of the tarantula.
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    I use a flashlight to check the fangs. on the smallest ones a magnifying glass helps. Also helps to see the changes in the abdomen that signal premolt.

    Once they're about 1/2" dls you can see them easily without the glass
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    For the first time in forever I finally made contact with my beloved sling. I was trembling as I lay my finger while he / she was approaching to investigate. Guess there's that innate fear of getting bit or something.

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    Understandable, I treat all of mine as if they had every intention of sinking in their fangs :p
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    My baby is avoiding her food. The fat juicy roach was actually approaching her and she's the one avoiding. There's also a black patch on her abdomen, so I guess she's premolt again? Her last meal was 6 days ago.
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    That's does sound like premolt. What size now and when was the last molt? I find keeping a record really useful to predict when a molt due. Hope the roach is now out the way ☺
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    I took the roach out of her enclosure after noticing that she's just avoiding it like a plague. Hmm I can't measure her yet, but her previous molt was the second one, and she was 1" back then. That was around first week of March.
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    4 weeks for the next molt sems a short time even for a sling but if well fed then it is possible. Tried smaller prey?
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    It's possible depending on feeding and temps. I've had molts in 5 weeks with twice a week feeding and mid 70s temps. 80 temps or more would speed that up a bit I'd think.
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    I tried smaller prey and as usual she ignored it. This morning she was stretching her legs, then hours later I saw this. Hooray. :D

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    For the first time in forever I managed to have her chill on my hand. I used a tweezer to first gently squeeze her body to me because I was going to rehome her to a new enclosure.

    Two questions: They said that touching a tarantula with a tweezer or paintbrush is a way to determine its temperament. My baby here just calmly walked whenever the tweezers touched her. Does that mean she's in a good mood? She was very motionless on my palm and I had to gently push her back to her home cause I needed my hand lol. Although the second time I picked her up with a tweezer she left a trail of webbing.

    Second one, is it bad to regularly let her hang out on my palm? I was thinking of doing it a few times so she can get comfortable with that activity.

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    Calmly moving forward when touched on a back leg could mean two things : Either she's very calm or she's creating distance so she can leap at your face. J/k. Its the first one.
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    first question - i guess that works, if they're in a bad mood they'll kick hair or go defense/run away.

    second - your choice. Lots say never handle lots say it's okay. personally i handle my smaller ones that are more docile. I don't try it with the skittish or larger ones.
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