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New C Versicolor sling--Only eats junk food!!

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  1. Whitelightning777

    Whitelightning777 New Member

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    I just got a C. Versicolor sling about 5 days ago. After struggling with humidity issues cage issues and so on, she started eating. She's about 3/4".

    The pet store said that the donor was feeding pinhead crickets and roaches. Little did I know that literally no store in my area sells either!!

    The sling was part of a private collection donated to a pet store near where I work. I just went there seeking roaches for my Scorpions and one thing led to another.

    The bad news is that the only thing she will eat are fruitflies.

    I tried small PetSmart crickets and she just attacked them with urticating hairs but didn't show any interest in feeding. One died within minutes that was bitten. The other died a few hours later. Both crickets climbed the piece of wood where she hangs, basically committing suicide. She has no problem getting the best ambush position.

    Now that she's built a web, flimsy but still a web, will she take a cricket with the hind legs removed if placed within the web? These small crickets are basically the same size that she is.

    Yes, I already tried dead cricket and meal worm parts, no reaction whatsoever. The cage is somewhat on the large size, but she had no difficulty getting around or attacking the fruitflies.

    I had to put her into a delicup and totally recondition the cage. Now there is room to work and she hasn't gotten out once since. Of course, I still put the cage into the bathtub first with the curtains moved aside!! That cage was formerly used for my ex girlfriend's mantis which died from a bad molt.

    The problems with the delicup are that she kept getting out each time I would fill the small water dish. We have a cat, way too tempting even though she never goes into the wire shelf...yet. Also, there would be no escape from prey items that are too much to handle.

    Typically, she'll get the first one within 10 minutes followed by one each half hour until gone in the larger cage.

    Even though I just fed her yesterday, her abdomen is fairly thin again. I think that they're just passing through with little absorption.

    I located a website which has pinhead crickets but they will take a few days to order and I think I need a breeding box or something to keep them in.





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    The pictures are blurry but she definitely doesn't look skinny to me. I think your spider would do okay without food until pinheads arrive if you decide to order them. In the meantime you can still feed flies if you want. She may also just not be hungry.

    That cage is huge! If you don't want to use a deli cup see if you have a container store around you. If so, go get an AMAC box and put some holes in it (but not too big). They cost like $1.50 each and make for great sling enclosures.
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    There is some good news. After carefully inspecting the web, it seemed strong enough to support a small cricket.

    I went to PetSmart to get crickets for my other tarantula and scorpion and got one extra for her. I chilled it in the refrigerator, pulled off the back legs and carefully put it into what looked like the strongest part of the web. I got one threat posture but no other response at first.

    The cricket was obviously slightly bigger then she was but stunned by the cold.

    As the cricket started to wake up and warm up, she approached it, killed it and began to eat it taking all night. Nothing but the shell was left at the bottom of the wood this morning and I have one very fast happy spider. So long as that web stays up, feeding her twice a week will not be a problem.

    Here's pics, 2 after she made the web and 2 after she ate the cricket.



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    Update:

    The web gets more elaborate each day, totally spectacular actually.

    So far, she hasn't interfered with the lid.
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    Versicolor update. The second cricket somehow escaped from the web, but I'm luring it back to it. The antenna project over the edge of the wood and will trigger Charlotte to attack. She also has a small moth in the web that nearly drowned in my cat's water dish. It was so water logged that any toxins or pesticides are long gone. As soon as it moves, bye bye.

    Since I'm leaving for vacation, there's no reason to not leave some food for Charlotte. She's perfectly safe in the web because she'll hit anything moving in it like a ton of bricks, either forcing it out or inviting it to dinner.....forever!! Versicolor cricket stalemate 1.jpg
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    Holy crap!!

    She's gonna nail the cricket from behind and drive him into the web!! She's actually stalking him, 1/4" inch to go!!

    Damn, it sucks that I gotta go to work!! I'll just turn the lights off to give her an edge. Ka-Pow!!
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    The cricket has mysteriously vanished. The moth is frozen in place, literally still like 1/4 inch away watching it.

    Her abdomen is certainly darker lately. I wonder how long the fast before molting is?

    Either way, nothing in the web or elsewhere can harm her in the web.
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    Very cool C. Versicolor. Glad she's doing well. Been thinking about getting one myself. Where did you get her? Can't find one on line but there's a reptile show in NY next month. Hoping they have one.
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