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Avic staying at bottom of cage

Discussion in 'Avicularia' started by Freddy_T, Mar 7, 2018.

  1. Freddy_T

    Freddy_T New Member

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    Hi guys.. I have a quick question.. I have a juvenile pink toe and for days now she/he hasn't been climbing at all that I've seen. It does climb on the decorations in the cage but not to the top. When I first got him/her it was always at the top. Now it's always at the bottom.. Even under a log that's in the cage. I didn't expect this from an arboreal tarantula.. But I am very new at this. Could something be wrong?
  2. ALD

    ALD Active Member

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    Hmmm you have only had her a few days? Could be distressing and getting used to the enclosure. Perhaps someone else would have more insight. That is my thought though.
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    MassExodus Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    ALD is right, spiders can take up to a month to get used to their new houses. And avics are weird to begin with. I wouldn't worry too much, give it a few weeks to get settled in ;)
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member

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    An Avic on the ground doesn't sit well with me...a picture of your enclousure would be nice.
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    Dustin Amack Well-Known Member

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    I have been researching my Avics and brushing up on my avic game. I have been worried from time to time as well for the same reason. My adult A. metallca hase never made the slightest web in the 6 months I've had her, however she stays on her cork slab and/or sides of the extra large critter keeper. I've been reading on humidity - which I just stick with a topped off large water bowl as well and heat,I'm at (75-80 degrees). I have good air flow, so I'm not sure why she chooses to do this. Thoughts? If I can't get her acting better, maybe i'll send her your way... :)
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    MassExodus Well-Known Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    That's common behavior for avics. ;)
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    Dustin Amack Well-Known Member

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    I've seen many other avic enclosures that are fully webbed up and they are rarely on the ground. I see mine on the substrate some times and absolutely no webbing...
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member

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    Adult Avics sometimes won't web when rehoused until it's time to molt...which with my oldest girl was 2 years. Juvies and slings will web up a storm.
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    No webbing and staying on the walls is common. They rarely stay on the ground though. I've seen a few of mine go to the ground before a molt, but they never molt there.
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    Dustin Amack Well-Known Member

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    That would explain it. I was also told that A. metallica web less that other avics. I did see one of Tom Moran's and his enclosure was entirely webbed so I was worried. I'm about to do a rehouse for her so she can get settled in.
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member

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    One reason I've seen a Avic on the ground was because it was dying...misting a tank with poor ventilation. Two big no nos.
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    I should have said IMO I suppose:) I've only owned around six avics though.
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    Arachnoclown Well-Known Member

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    My A. Metallica makes funnel webs...its a juvie though. Never hard a mature A. Metallica before.
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    Dustin Amack Well-Known Member

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    Trusted advice, thank you both. I hope some of this helps @Freddy_T and his questions as well. I was'nt trying to steal his thread, just thought I would chime in with my concern as well.
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    Let's make a trade. My metallica is an confirmed 6"ish female.... :) She's a beauty!
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    Mine appears to be male...its not quite 2".
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    I don't know much about the species, but has something changed regarding temperature? Do you heat the tank at all? Has the ambient temperature in the room changed? Staying low might be a reaction to excessive heat.
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    Arachnoclown got me thinking. I've seen a versi go to ground before passing..if the avic is on the ground ALL the time, I would be worried as well. Maybe I didn't read the original post well..anyways, any updates?
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    Interesting. Come to think of it my Versicolor hasn't webbed up as much.

    The thing with humidity is that you can't see it until it's virtually close to 100%. That's why, despite the howls of protest, I prefer to have a humidity gauge, not to keep it high but to make sure it isn't excessive. 40 to 60 percent is about right. It should be similar to the room where the cage is, maybe just slightly more.

    Yes, I know versicolor is a former Avic now but the last molt took place and the humidity was only 44 percent. Zilch problems. Full water dish!!

    Gently have a fan such as a mini USB fan blow on the enclosure. If the T strongly prefers to be in the path of the breeze, it might be too humid.
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    Wow.. Thank you guys for all of the great advice. I did try to put up a pic but am having trouble. So far Freddy is doing great. He/she still does go on the bottom of the cage sometimes.. The only thing I think I need to do different is get better ventilation. My cage only has top ventilation, which I'm hearing is bad. I'm working on that. We got to see Freddy take down a cricket yesterday. So I figure if it's eating then that's a great sign.

    I wanted to add that when he ate the cricket he was inside a skull house hut. To me, someone brand new to this, that seems odd bc it's a tree dwelling spider. He does climb.. But there are times where he just sits in the bottom.
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