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10 New Pulchra Slings

Discussion in 'Grammostola' started by Tortoise Tom, May 25, 2018.

  1. Tortoise Tom

    Tortoise Tom Well-Known Member

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    They arrived Wednesday and I set them up in their little 16oz. deli cups. Each cup has a little rock, a plastic plant, and a water bottle cap for drinking. Substrate is straight coco coir.
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    I tapped the vials for the first few and got them out, but then I decided to just leave them in their vials and let them come out on their own. I figured they'd come out at night. Most of Thursday, I was busy and just left them alone. I figured I'd check on them and try to feed them this morning. All of the ones I left in their vials were still in their vials. Seems they like their vials better than the enclosures I made up for them: IMG_5578.JPG

    Eventually I got them all out and in their enclosures, and then I dropped a little Blatta lateralis pinhead into each enclosure. I had lots of time this morning, so I sat and watched each spiderling for a little while to see how they would do. The first four had spent the last two days in their enclosures without their vials, so I figured they'd be comfortable and hungry. Nope. They all ran from the roaches.
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    Number 5 was the only one that ate, and he/she was one of the ones I had to dump out of the vials:
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    None of the others took their roach despite the roaches running right in front of their faces. Hopefully, they will feel a little more emboldened by the night, and take care of business in the dark.
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    PanzoN88 Well-Known Member

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    Excellent, I just recently got some slings of this species as well.
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    Tortoise Tom Well-Known Member

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    This will be my second time raising pulchra slings. The first time I bought three at a reptile show in 2008. Raised them all up and had two males and one female. I never tried to breed them and the two males eventually died at 5-6 years old. Still have my big girl after 10 years. I really like the species. Easy keepers.
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    Thats a pretty good investment in a species! Enjoy!
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    Are they as slow to grow as I've read?
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    Metalman2004 Well-Known Member

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    All of the grammostolas are pretty slow growers and big fasters when it comes to premolt.

    Cool profile picture.
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    The bulk of my experience with tarantulas has been with Grammostola and Brachypelma. That is my main frame of reference for tarantula growth rates. I've got many new species coming in, so I'll be able to give a better comparison in a few months. Grammostola and Brachypelma growth rates seem pretty quick to me, but I also keep my reptile room warmer than most people keep their spiders, and I also tend to feed more since I have a plethora of roaches that need to be eaten. If other species grow much faster, I'm in for a wild ride coming up soon! :)

    And I very much agree with Metalman's observation about the pre-molt fasting. And after molt too. My big one's often take 2-3 weeks before they want to eat after a molt.
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    I think you are in for a wild ride once you get a fast growing species haha.
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    I hope so. I like wild rides!
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